Julie Cramer

Lecturer in Law

  • B.A. UCLA, 2000
  • J.D. UCLA, 2003
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2009

Julie Cramer teaches Legal Research and Writing to first year students and teaches upper division clinical courses in writing and editing and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Professor Cramer currently serves as the coordinator of the Legal Research and Writing program designing curriculum and training new faculty along with teaching the Advanced Writing Seminar to 2L students enrolled as Writing Advisors.

For the past 11 years, Professor Cramer has co-taught the Criminal Defense Clinic representing state and federal defendants in criminal proceedings including pretrial, trial and post-conviction work. With the clinic, she successfully represented a man serving a life sentence in federal prison obtain executive clemency from President Obama in 2016, and successfully represented multiple clients secure pardons from Governor Brown in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Cramer practiced at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP for almost seven years in Los Angeles. Her practice focused on white collar criminal defense where she conducted nationwide internal investigations for publicly and privately held corporations and represented an individual defendant in an eight-week conspiracy and fraud trial. Professor Cramer also worked pro bono representing Los Angeles foster youth in their pursuit of Individual Education Plans as well as individuals in landlord-tenant disputes.

She is a 2003 graduate of UCLA School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and served as a Writing Advisor. During law school, she externed for the United States Attorney's Office in the Central District of California. She also worked for the Honorable Judge Edward Rafeedie in the Central District of California. Prior to law school, Professor Cramer worked at the United States Department of Education during the Clinton administration. Her work focused on school safety initiatives and after-school programing in underserved communities.