Trial Team

The UCLA Trial team is one of the best in the country.

Just since 2018, the UCLA Trial Team has garnered impressive results:

  • 1st place at the 2018 National Civil Rights Trial Competition with an undefeated record
  • 1st place at the 2019 National Civil Rights Trial Competition with an undefeated record
  • 1st and 2nd place at the 2018 American Association for Justice regional tournament (it was a UCLA v. UCLA final round!)
  • 1st place at the 2019 American Association for Justice regional tournament with an undefeated record
  • National Semifinalists at the American Association for Justice 2018 tournament
  • Semifinals at the 2019 TYLA Regional Tournament Competition
  • 2nd place at the Nationals Ethics Trial Competition
  • 1st place, 2nd place, and tie for 3rd place at the 2018 American Bar Association regional tournament (becoming the first team in ABA history to qualify three squads for the semifinals)
  • 2nd place nationally at the 2019 ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition
  • Semifinals at the 2019 Top Gun National Trial Competition
  • 2nd place at Tournament of Champions
  • 2nd place at the National Civil Trial Competition

Competing on the Trial Team provides students an opportunity to hone their advocacy skills and obtain feedback from experienced trial lawyers. It's also a lot of fun. "It's a family," said co-president Deeksha Kohli. "I've made some of my closest friends on the Trial Team."

Anyone is welcome to audition for the Trial Team. Some students joined after participating in UCLA's internal trial competitions. Some developed their passion for the courtroom after taking the Law School's trial advocacy courses. Others learned the craft through undergraduate competitions governed by the American Mock Trial Association.

The team is coached by Justin Bernstein and several local trial lawyers, including J.D. Rees '14 (Sheppard Mullin), J'me Forrest (Munger Tolles), Andrew Tran (Los Angeles District Attorney's Officer), Neil Thakor (Greenspoon Marder), Amanda Mundell (DOJ), Elizabeth Smiley (Baron Budd), Rahul Hari (Wilkinson Walsh), Kyle DeCamp '19 (Norton Rose), and Connor Trafton '19 (Keesal Young). All of our coaches have real-world trial experience, and all of them competed or coached trial teams with national success.

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