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Mental Health Law (Fall 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-675
  • Class Number: 03351
  • Instructor: Gregory Pleasants

Course Description

This course explores foundational mental health law and legal practice concepts through three intersecting systems: the mental health system; the criminal system; and the immigration enforcement system. We focus on the vindication (or not) of legal rights at points within these systems where people with mental health conditions may be deprived of freedom and choice, including involuntary commitment, incarceration, and immigration detention. We review established and emergent safeguards and accommodations to protect those rights. We explore some of the difficult ethical questions that arise in this context, including consent, the allocation of authority between the lawyer and the client, the definition of competence, and the role of an advocate. We review holistic and client-centered practice skills, with emphasis on how to work in a collaborative and recovery-oriented way with people with mental health conditions.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points may be awarded
  • Enrollment Limitation: 20 students