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224.22 sec. 001 - Mental Health and the Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Jennifer Karen Johnson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: George W Woods  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


F 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 111
From January 14, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 14, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 32116
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 07/19 11:58 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. Please note that 1Ls cannot use this class to fulfill their writing requirement, they must wait until their 2L or 3L year.

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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