L8277 S. Mental Illness and Criminal Defense

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Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Criminal Law

Instructor Co-requisites
None

Recommended Courses
None

Other Limitations
None

Learning Outcome Goals

Primary Goals

  • students will develop a deeper understanding of substantive criminal law and criminal procedure through an examination of the particular concerns presented by a defendant with mental health issues
  • acquire understanding and facility in mental health, neuropsychiatric approaches to understanding behavior, and uses lawyers can make of current science
  • develop their understanding of disparities and the law by gaining extensive exposure to how those with mental illness fare in the criminal justice system
  • practical lawyering skills --- including establishing rapport with a client; interviewing clients and clients’ family members; social history investigation
  • students will discuss the ethical considerations that arise when representing a client with mental health issues

General Information

Type: Seminar
Level: Upperclass
Additional Attributes: New Course