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Spring 2008 - Mental Health

Churgin, Michael J

Course ID: 397C  Unique # 28820  Credit Hours: 3  (Pass/Fail only)
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   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 take at least one the following classes concurrently:
28920 - Mental Health
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be accessed on the web:

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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