Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Norman M. Garland

Norman M. Garland

Professor of Law

B.S.B.A., Accounting, 1961, and J.D., cum laude, 1964, Northwestern University; LL.M., Trial Advocacy, 1965, and E. Barrett Prettyman Legal Intern Fellow, 1964-65, Georgetown University; Honorary L.L.D., 2016, Southwestern Law School; Order of the Coif; Member, California and Illinois State and District of Columbia Bars

Courses    Publications

Phone: (213) 738-6773
Office: BW441


Norman Garland was busy "24/7" as a law student in Chicago - taking classes, serving as an editor of the law review, and making a living as an accountant. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he tried real cases by day and hypothetical cases by night while earning his LL.M. degree in trial advocacy.

"I love the law. But for me, the practice of it is not nearly as rewarding and challenging as teaching it."

Early in his legal career, as an attorney with the corporate antitrust firm of Howrey & Simon, Professor Garland handled most of the firm's pro bono criminal defense work in addition to civil cases. A few years later, he returned to his alma mater to teach law and serve as assistant dean of admissions. During that time, he also served as general counsel for the Better Government Association (BGA), a local watchdog group, and was often aided by his students in the BGA's undercover investigations of graft and corruption in Chicago government. He admits, "I love the law. But for me, the practice of it is not nearly as rewarding and challenging as teaching it."

Professor Garland was appointed to the Southwestern faculty in 1975. He was named as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 1992, and as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law in 2008. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Southwestern in 2016. Always interested in methods to improve law teaching, Professor Garland was one of the first law professors in the country to incorporate computer and internet-related resources in the classroom. In 1998, he received the first "TWEN Innovation in Teaching Award" from West Group. A year later, his expertise was recognized by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction which awarded him one of five CALI Fellowships to create computer-based learning materials. He has authored seven CALI lessons on Criminal Law and Evidence. In recent years he has adapted his Evidence and Constitutional Criminal Procedure classes to distance learning in hybrid form, meaning the classes are partially online. He served on the faculty of Emory University School of Law's Trial Advocacy Program for several years, and spent a semester there as a visiting professor of law. Professor Garland has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for over two decades.


Books and Chapters

CRIMINAL EVIDENCE, 7th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2014)


ADVANCED CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN A NUTSHELL, 3rd ed. (with M. Cammack; West, 2015)


EVIDENCE, 4th ed. (with E. Imwinkelried; Lexis Law Publishing, 2015 & Supp. 2016)


Essay On: Of Judges and Juries Revisited in the Context of Certain Preliminary Fact Questions Determining the Admissibility of Evidence under Federal and California Rules of Evidence, 36 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 853 (2008)

The Unavailability to Corporations of the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination: A Comparative Examination Based on EPA v. Caltex, High Court of Australia, 16 NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 55 (1996)

Prior Consistent Statements as Evidence in the United States and Canada – A Small Part of the Story of How Sex Crimes Cases Continue to Generate Law Reform: Herein a Comparison of Tome v. United States with R. v. Khan, 2 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 451 (with R. Schneider; 1995)

Some Thoughts on the Sexual Misconduct Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence, 22 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL 355 (1995)

An Overview of Relevance and Hearsay: A Nine Step Analytical Guide, 22 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1039 (1993)

Counterpunch: HBO's Ray 'Trial' Confuses Entertainment with Reality, LOS ANGELES TIMES F3, col. 1 (February 1993)

Of Judges and Juries: A Proposed Revision of Federal Rule of Evidence 104, 23 U.C. DAVIS LAW REVIEW 77 (with J. Schmitz; 1989)

Law Students Have No Objections to IVD (Interactive Videodisc), 2 CBT DIRECTIONS 22 (September 1989)

Article Series, The World (of the Trial Attorney) According to Garland, SOUTHWESTERN LAW (Fall/Winter 1987 -Summer 1988)

My Summer Vacation: A 'Busman's' Holiday in the Ventura County D.A.'s Office, SOUTHWESTERN LAW (Fall 1986)


The Law of Homicide & the O. J. Simpson Trial, 1995 WL 331542 (Westlaw's OJ Connect Database)