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224.22 sec. 001 - Mental Health and the Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Jennifer K Johnson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: George Woods  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


F 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 21, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 21, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32761

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This seminar will explore the intersection of mental health and the law and provide students with tools to improve advocacy when mental health is an issue in a case.

In the last few decades, the legal system has seen an evolution in the understanding between life circumstances, mental health, and involvement with the law. Advances in brain science and social history investigation, as well as an increasingly nuanced view of mental disorders have prompted these strides in various aspects of the law.

People with mental disorders interact with the civil legal system in employment cases, civil rights actions, family law disputes, elder law cases, and in the corporate arena. Recognition of the role of cognition in legal cases extends beyond the confines of criminal law. Lawyers in most practice areas will encounter a client, witness, family member, or even another lawyer with a mental health issue. We should be able to recognize the issue, and understand its implications.

Law students graduating today are faced with a system that is dramatically changing where mental health meets the law. Knowledge that was once considered a specialty area for lawyers is now best practice. New lawyers should be prepared for this new world. Students will be required to write a 12-15 page paper under Option 1 of the Writing Requirement.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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