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UT Law School Classes - Spring 2008

Mental Health

Instructor: Churgin, M Credits: 3 - pass/fail Course ID: 397C Unique #28820
     Day    Time   Location
   Monday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm JON 6.203
   Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm JON 6.203
Exams: None
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must have at least 43 credit hours to register.
You must take at least one the following classes concurrently:
28920 - Clin Prog: Prac Skl-Men
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web: http://www.utexas.edu/law/sao/academics/apps.html.

Description
Students enrolled in this clinic will be representing persons facing commitment to a mental hospital.  Class will meet each week, and discussion will focus on the Texas Mental Health Code and applicable case law.  In addition, there will be exercises concerning examination of witnesses, oral argument, brief writing, and other aspects of litigation.

There will be a short introductory period during which students will observe court proceedings at the state hospital.  We also will view videotapes concerning psychiatric diagnosis.  Students will begin handling cases in February.  In addition to representation at probable cause and commitment hearings, students might also have the opportunity to pursue a case on appeal.

Completion of the basic evidence course is a prerequisite.  Enrollment is limited to those who have completed 43 credits of law school.  The clinic will be graded on a credit/fail basis.

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