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 1970. Since he became an Emeritus Professor, he primarily teaches Evidence. Prior to retirement he regularly taught courses such as Trial Advocacy, Film and the Law, and Street Law (a seminar in legal communication in which students taught legal concepts to high school students). Professor Bergman is regularly invited to give film clip-based presentations to groups of lawyers and judges all over the country. He has received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and an award from the American Trial Lawyers Association for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy. He was also awarded the Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award from UCLA Emeriti Relations for outstanding research, scholarly work, teaching and service since retirement.

Professor Bergman likes to play tennis, and often comes to his office by combining his love for bicycling with the increasing options that Metro trains and buses provide. 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) (2016); 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) (1984); and Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell (6th ed., 2016). 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) (6th ed., 2014; 7th ed. forthcoming 2018); Represent Yourself in Court (with Berman-Barrett) (9th ed., 2016); The Criminal Law Handbook (with Berman-Barrett) (15th ed., 2017); and Criminal Law: A Desk Reference (3rd ed., 2016).  Bergman is a co-author of the widely-used law school evidence textbook Evidence Law and Practice (with Taslitz and Friedland) (6th ed., 2014; 7th ed. forthcoming 2018). Bergman is also a co-author of Cracking the Case Method- Legal Analysis for Law School Success (with Goodman and Holm) (2nd ed. 2018). 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.

Along with Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Paul has also written You Matter- Ten Spiritual Commitments for a Richer and More Meaningful Life (2018).