Reel Justice: Truth and Trickery in Courtroom Movies


Paul Bergman is UCLA Professor of Law Emeritus and the recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the Dickson Emeritus Professorship Award, and the American Trial Lawyers Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is working on a revised and updated Third Edition of his book Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies.


Hollywood films greatly influence popular beliefs about law, lawyers and the legal system. Go “behind the scenes” with UCLA Professor of Law Emeritus, Paul Bergman, as he discusses clips from well-known (and not-so-well-known) courtroom films, compares pop culture images to reality, and discusses legal and film history.

Who was “Billy Flynn,” the character played by Richard Gere in Chicago? What is the truth behind Abraham Lincoln’s cross-examination in his most famous criminal trial? What is the best-ever depiction of a female trial lawyer? What happened when French criminal suspects demanded their Miranda rights? What is Positraction? Professor Bergman answers these questions and more in an informative and entertaining talk.



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Steven Stone

Hollywood Goes To Court

So much material to choose from. I thought Prof. Bergman made some excellent choices presented in an entertaining and educational manner. Only wish it had been longer.

1 year ago
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