** This course meets the Professional Skills requirement for graduation.
MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC IS A 6-HR. CLINIC. STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH 397C AND 397D.
Students enrolled in this clinic will be representing persons facing commitment to a mental health facility. 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 Austin State Hospital, at 41st and Guadalupe. We also will view DVRs concerning psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. 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.
In addition to selecting the Clinic during Early Registration, students must fill out a short application