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LAWS 9967 Mental Health and the Law (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

As an area in which the law has undergone significant evolution to keep pace with advances in science and medicine, mental health law presents exceptional challenge to the practitioner. It spans a number of substantive areas of law which include criminal and civil rights law, tort law, and government regulatory practice. The course will focus on several critical areas. These include patient privilege, provider tort liability, involuntary civil commitment, incompetency to stand trial and criminal responsibility, and sexual predator laws including forensic issues in predicting future dangerousness. The course will address practical issues which arise for those who represent hospitals, psychotherapists, patients, and the criminally accused. This aspect of the course will include particular evidentiary issues likely to arise in proceedings relating to mental illness. Additionally, the course will explore broader policy issues which underlie legal treatment of those with mental illness, as


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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13