Victor Gold

Fritz B. Burns Dean and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University 

BA, cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
JD, UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif
Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England


Professor Victor Gold was named 16th Dean of Loyola Law School and Senior Vice President of Loyola Marymount University in January 2009 after spending a year as interim dean. He has earned myriad accolades as a legal educator and scholar since he started teaching at Loyola in 1984. His tenure as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2000-2005 saw an increased focus on Loyola’s national stature, a drive to recruit top professors and an emphasis on faculty research. Dean Gold earned an Excellence in Teaching Award from the graduating class of 2007.

Dean Gold is the author of several books on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He has also written numerous articles on evidence law and advocacy. He lectures on evidence and contracts law for students preparing to take the bar exam in California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Widely considered one of the country’s top experts in evidence law, Professor Gold served as a CBS News legal analyst from 1994-97. He taught in Loyola's LLM program at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2006 and is a fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England.  

Prior to teaching at Loyola, Dean Gold was a tenured law professor at Arizona State University and an associate at Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles, where he declined an offer to become partner to pursue his teaching career. He graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.

Dean Gold is a member of the American Law Institute and the author of bar exam questions on contracts, remedies and evidence in California and Arizona. In addition to CBS News, he has provided legal commentary to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News, NBC News, CNN and many other outlets.

Selected Scholarship

  • Evidence, A Structured Approach (Wolters Kluwer) (3d ed., 2012)
  • Federal Practice and Procedure, Volume 28 (West) (2d ed., 2012)
  • Two Jurisdictions, Three Standards: The Admissibility of Misconduct Evidence to Impeach, 36 Southwestern Law Review 769, (2008)
  • Federal Practice and Procedure, Volume 27, (West) (2d ed., 2007)
  • Federal Practice and Procedure, Annual Supplements to Volumes 27, 28, 29, 31 (West) (2012)