Paul Bergman

UCLA Law School Professor

Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of two University Distinguished Teaching Awards. His books include:

  • Nolo’s Deposition Handbook (with Moore, Nolo)
  • Real to Reel: Truth & Trickery in Courtroom Movies (with Asimow, Vandeplas Publishing)
  • Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.)
  • Trial Advocacy in a Nutshell (West Publishing Co.)
  • Represent Yourself in Court: Prepare & Try a Winning Case (with Berman, Nolo)
  • Depositions in a Nutshell (with Moore, Binder, and Light, West Publishing Co.)
  • Lawyers as Counselors: A Client-Centered Approach (with Binder, Tremblay, and Weinstein, West Publishing Co.)
  • Cracking the Case Method (with Goodman and Holm, West Academic Publishing)
  • Evidence Law and Practice (with Friedland and Benham, Carolina Academic Press), and
  • You Matter: Ten Spiritual Commitments for a Richer and More Meaningful Life (with Rabbi Mark Borovitz, AuthorHouse).

Paul has also published numerous articles in law journals. And, using clips from law-related films, he regularly gives presentations to lawyers, judges, and community groups.

Articles By Paul Bergman

Formal Discovery: Gathering Evidence for Your Lawsuit
When involved in litigation, it's necessary to know how to do discovery in a lawsuit and what types of evidence can be legally obtained during the discovery process. This article explains how to do discovery in law using the most common discovery techniques, including form and special interrogatories, requests to produce documents, and depositions.
How Judges Decide to Release You on Your Own Recognizance, or "OR"
Release on your own recognizance means you don't have to pay bail, but you still must obey the rules and terms set by the judge.
Character Evidence and Character Witnesses
Defendants can offer evidence of their good character—but not without risk.
Do I Need a Lawyer When I'm Charged With a Crime?
Defendants charged with crimes are almost always best served by obtaining a lawyer.
Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions: Classifying Crimes
In every state, crimes are put into distinct categories. The categories are usually "felony," "misdemeanor," and "infraction."
Criminal Courtroom Layout
Just about everything that happens in a courtroom can seem confusing to someone who hasn’t experienced the justice system firsthand. Even the courtroom itself can be confounding.
What Is a Chain of Custody for Evidence?
Chain of custody typically refers to the foundation the prosecution needs to establish for certain types of exhibits to be admitted into evidence.
What to Look for in a Private Criminal Defense Attorney
To help choose the right lawyer for your criminal case, look for someone who knows the local players, has experience defending similar charges, and is a good fit for you.
Can the Defense Interview a Prosecution Witness?
If done properly, trying to interview prosecution witnesses can be an effective investigation technique for the defense.
How Do Prosecutors Decide Which Cases to Charge?
Police officers arrest suspects, but prosecutors decide whether to file formal charges against suspects. Learn how charges are filed and what factors prosecutors may consider in deciding on particular charges.