Faculty Profiles

Paul Bergman

Paul Bergman

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

Paul Bergman joined Professor David Binder in pioneering the School of Law's Clinical Program in early 1970. He primarily teaches Evidence. He also teaches Film and the Law and helps direct the Street Law Clinic in which students teach legal concepts to high school students. He has received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and an award from the American Trial Lawyers Association for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy.

Professor Bergman likes to play tennis, and as a "recovering jogger" rides a bicycle to work each day. As a law student, he felt it his duty to keep levity in the classroom, a practice he continues as a teacher, earning him the gratitude of his students.

In the field of lawyering skills Professor Bergman has co-authored Deposition Questioning: Strategies and Techniques (with Binder and Moore) (2001); Depositions in a Nutshell (with Binder, Moore and Light) (2010); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder) (1996); Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (with Binder, Tremblay and Weinstein) (3rd ed., 2012); Fact Investigation- From Hypothesis to Proof (with Binder) (1982); and Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell (5th ed., 2013). For Nolo Press, Bergman has created four books for laypeople who want to be “educated clients” or pro se litigants, including Nolo's Deposition Handbook (with Moore) (5th ed., 2010); Represent Yourself in Court (with Berman-Barrett) (8th ed., 2013); The Criminal Law Handbook (with Berman-Barrett) (14th ed., 2015); and Criminal Law: A Desk Reference (3rd ed., 2015).  Bergman is a co-author of the widely-used law school evidence textbook Evidence Law and Practice (with Taslitz and Friedland) (5th ed., 2012). Bergman is also a co-author of Cracking the Case Method- Legal Analysis for Law School Success (with Goodman and Holm) (2012). And, with Professor Michael Asimow, he has written about popular culture, movies, and the law in Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (2nd ed., 2006).  Each edition of Reel Justice has been published in China in a Chinese language edition.