The Law & Psychiatry Clinic is the exploration of intersections between psychiatry and mental illness and legal rules and procedures. This course concentrates on major issues in psychiatry and law. Outside speakers from legal, judicial, and psychiatric communities are invited as guest lecturers. This course includes lectures on assessment in forensic settings, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, civil commitment and discussions on personality disorders and correctional environments. This course also includes the opportunity to view and participate in actual clinical assessments. This Clinic is comprised of psychiatric residents, psychology fellows and law students. All parties will be expected to read the case files, legal and psychiatric materials and come prepared for a healthy discussion on these issues. Additionally, all students will participate in mock testimony scenarios based on one or more of the case studies.
Prerequisite(s): Advocacy (WMCL)*
Professional Responsibillity, or Practice, Problem-Solving and Professional Responsibility (HUSL)
*Hamline students who have not had the opportunity to take Advocacy may have this requirement waived by the instructor if they have received sufficient instruction in LRW and other skills courses at HUSL.
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