Full-Time Faculty

Sara J. Berman

Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Bar Support

B.A., University of California Santa Barbara
J.D., University of California Los Angeles

Contact Information

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 143
Fax. 714.444.0855
Building One, Room 143

A pioneer in online legal education, Sara Berman has been a professor of law since 1998. Professor Berman came to Whittier Law School as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2011 and now serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Bar Support. She teaches Legal Analysis Workshop and this 2014-2015 year is also introducing a new Performance Test Workshop course. Sara Berman is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Bar Support Programs at Concord Law School. Her courses include criminal law and procedure, torts, contracts, business associations, remedies, and community property, as well as legal analysis, writing, study skills and bar success seminars. Berman has lectured nationwide for commercial bar reviews for more than two decades, preparing students for both substantive and skills portions of bar exams nationwide. Berman is the author of the recent ABA publication: Pass the Bar Exam: A Practical Guide to Achieving Academic and Professional Goals as well as a companion teacher’s manual for the same. She is currently writing a second title for the ABA on the use of performance testing in law schools. Along with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman, Berman co-authored The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, and Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case, both published by, both excellent introductory resources for law students. Berman has also published numerous articles and study guides, and blogs regularly about law school and bar exam success.

  • Bar Exam Preparation During Law School: Subject-Specific Training with Performance Tests (American Bar Association, to be published Spring 2016).
  • Getting Extra Practical Training out of Performance Tests with Spin-Off Exercises, (Published in the The Learning Curve, the official publication of the AALS Section on Academic Support. Summer 2015)
  • The Power Trio of MBEs, Essays, and Performance Tests, (The National Jurist, February 2015).
  • Presentation on writing at West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals (November 7, 2013)
  • THE CRIMINAL LAW HANDBOOK: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, SURVIVE THE SYSTEM, ( 13th ed. 2013) co-authored with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman.
  • REPRESENT YOURSELF IN COURT: HOW TO PREPARE AND TRY A WINNING CASE, ( 7th ed. 2010) co-authored with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman.
  • Articles: Numerous law-related articles and bar exam model answers published from 1993-2008 in journals including: Los Angeles Daily Journal, CA Bar Journal, Nolo News, Apartment Management Magazine, ABA Law Practice Management Magazine, Preventive Law Reporter.
  • Audio tape: CLE lecture for California State Bar Section Education Institute, LAWYERS SUPERVISING LAWYERS, 1994.