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Clinical Education at UT Law

Real Cases. Real Experience.

Mental Health Clinic


Students represent people confined in mental health facilities at civil commitment hearings before the Travis County Probate Court. The weekly classroom component focuses on the Texas Mental Health Code and applicable case law, instruction in trial advocacy, case review, brief writing, and other aspects of litigation. There is a short introductory period during which students observe court proceedings at the state hospital and view videotapes concerning psychiatric diagnosis. Students begin handling cases in February. In addition to providing representation at probable cause and commitment hearings, students may also have the opportunity to pursue a case on appeal.