Faculty Profiles

Paul Bergman

Paul Bergman

Professor of Law Emeritus
B.A. UCLA, 1965
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1968
UCLA Faculty Since 1970


Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell. 6th ed. West Publishing (forthcoming 2016).
Represent Yourself in Court (with Sara Berman-Barrett). 9th ed. Nolo Press (2016).
Depositions in a Nutshell (with Albert J. Moore, David A. Binder and Jason Light). West Academic (2016).
Criminal Law: A Desk Reference. 3rd ed. Nolo Press (2016).
The Criminal Law Handbook (with Sara Berman-Barrett). 14th ed. Nolo Press (2015).
Nolo's Deposition Handbook (with Albert J. Moore). 6th ed. Nolo Press (2014).
Evidence Law & Practice (with Steven I. Friedland and Andrew E. Taslitz). 6th ed. LexisNexis (2014).
Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (with Patrick Goodman and Thomas Holm). Vandeplas Publishing (2012).
Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (with David A. Binder, Paul Tremblay, and Ian Weinstein). 3rd ed. West Publishing (2012).
Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (with Michael Asimow). 2nd ed. Andrews and McMeel (2006). Translated as Ying xiang zhong de zheng yi: cong dian ying gu shi kan mei guo fa lü wen hua (Haikou Shi: Hainan chu ban she, 2003). First edition: 1996.
Deposition Questioning: Strategies and Techniques (with David Binder & Albert Moore). West (2001).
Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments and Techniques (with David A. Binder and Albert J. Moore). West Publishing (1996).
Transcript Exercises for Learning Evidence. West Publishing (1992).
Fact Investigation: From Hypothesis to Proof (with David A. Binder). West Publishing (1984).

Articles and Chapters

A Third Rapist? Television Portrayals of Rape Evidence Rules, in Law and Justice on the Small Screen (edited by P. Robson and J. Silbey, Hart Publishing, 2012).
Hello Mr Chips, 2011(86) Amicus Curiae 3-6 (2011).
Rumpole and the Bowl of Comfort Food, in Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television (edited by Michael Asimow, ABA Press, 2009).
I Am Going With a Man by the Name of Hillmon (with Marianne Wesson), in Trial Stories (edited by Michael Tigar and Angela Jordan Davis, Thomson-West, 2008).
Emergency! Send a TV Show to Rescue Paramedic Services, 36 University of Baltimore Law Review 347-69 (2007). Earlier draft appeared in 7 Current Legal Issues (Law and Popular Culture) 130-147 (2005). (The article was named "one of the best articles in the fields of entertainment, publishing, and the arts of 2007" and has been separately published in the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook 2008-2009).
A Depositions Course: Tackling the Challenge of Teaching for Professional Skills Transfer (with David A. Binder and Albert J. Moore), 13 Clinical Law Review 871-98 (2007).
Book Review, "Law and Justice as Seen on TV", 55 Journal of Legal Education 268-70 (2005).
The Movie Lawyers' Guide to Redemptive Law Practice, in The Movie Lawyers' Guide to Redemptive Law Practice (edited by Susan D. Carle, NYU Press, 2005). first appeared in 48 UCLA Law Review 1393 (2001).
Reflections on U.S. Clinical Education, 10 International Journal of the Legal Profession 109 (2003).
Taking Lawyering Skills Training Seriously (with David A. Binder), 10 Clinical Law Review 191 (2003). Full Text
Teaching Evidence the “Reel Way”, 21 Quinnipiac Law Review 973-92 (2003).
A Lawyering Skills Approach to Clinical Education, 36 Comparative Law Review 247 (2002). (In Japanese).
Communicating Implausibilities During Cross Examination (with Albert J. Moore), 3 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 171-88 (2000).
A Bunch of Circumstantial Evidence, 30 University of San Francisco Law Review 985-90 (1996).
Pranks for the Memory, 30 University of San Francisco Law Review 1235-47 (1996).
Reel Practice: Tinseltown's Best and Worst Trial Scenes (with Michael R. Asimow), 16 California Lawyer 38-41 (1996).
Is That a Fact? Argument in Problem-Solving Negotiations, 1 International Journal of the Legal Profession 81-95 (1994).
2010: A Clinical Odyssey, 1992 Brigham Young University Law Review 349-61 (1992).
Admonishing Jurors to Disregard What They Haven't Heard, 25 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 689-98 (1992).
Mistrial by Likelihood Ratio: Bayesian Analysis Meets the F-Word (with Albert J. Moore), 13 Cardozo Law Review 589-619 (1991).
Of Bentham, Wigmore and Little Bo Peep: Where Evidence Lost Its Way, and a Map for Scholars to Find It, 66 Notre Dame Law Review 949-964 (1991).
Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (with David A. Binder and Susan Price), 35 New York Law School Law Review 29-86 (1990).
Richard S. Jacobson Award Speech, 22 Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal 308 (1988).
Ambiguity: The Hidden Hearsay Danger Almost Nobody Talks About, 75 Kentucky Law Journal 841-83 (1987).
Learning from Experience: Nonlegally-Specific Role Plays (with Avrom Sherr and Roger Burridge), 37 Journal of Legal Education 535-53 (1987).
The War Between the States (of Mind): Oral Versus Textual Reasoning, 40 Arkansas Law Review 505-44 (1987). Also appeared in 37 Law Review Digest 32-33 (1988) and in 11 UCLA Law School Magazine 5-9 (1987).
Games Law Teachers Play (with Avrom Sherr and Roger Burridge), 20 The Law Teacher 21-35 (1986).
Class Action Lawyers: Fools for Clients?, 4 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 243-75 (1980).
The Consumer Protection Clinical Course at UCLA School of Law, 29 Journal of Legal Education 352-69 (1978).
A Practical Approach to Cross Examination: Safety First, 25 UCLA Law Review 547-76 (1978).
Teaching the Essence of the American System of Law and Justice, 16 Social Studies Review 51-7 (1977).


Blogsite: The Rap Sheet, http://blog.nolo.com/criminallaw/
The Film: Anatomy of a Murder. The Lesson: Chronology Can Be the Key to Breaking Down a Witness' Story on Cross, 94 ABA Journal 51 (August 2008).
The Mirror Has Two Faces (with Michael Asimow), 20 Los Angeles Lawyer 76 (April 1997).
Book Review, 66 Notre Dame Law Review 949-64 (1991). Reviewing Rethinking Evidence, by William L. Twining.
Review of Lowenthal, "A General Theory of Negotiation Process, Strategy, and Behavior", 31 University of Kansas Law Review (1982). In ABA Clinical Section Newsletter, 2 pp. (1983).