Mental Health & Criminal Law | L47xx

This course will provide a timely and in-depth examination of the significant intersection between mental illness and criminal law. Topics to be addressed include a look at the history of how the mentally ill came to be overrepresented in today’s criminal justice system, types of mental illnesses and disorders, ethical issues that may arise for lawyers representing mentally ill clients, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility (including culpable mental state and the insanity defense), sentencing issues (including mental illness as mitigation in capital cases), and competency to be executed.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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