University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
In this course, we will learn mental health law from the point of view of a hypothetical UM law student who becomes extremely depressed and anxious during first year exams. Can her roommate or law school professor Baker Act (involuntarily detain) her for psychiatric evaluation because they are worried she might hurt herself? What are her rights to refuse treatment and medication? When she returns to the law school, does she have a right to make up missed exams? What happens if the Board of Bar Examiners asks for her mental health treatment records or offers her admission conditioned on seeing (and paying for) a psychiatrist of the Board’s choosing?

The course will include active lawyering exercises including client counseling, cross-examination of a psychiatrist in a commitment hearing, negotiation, and summarizing to a senior partner the state of the law. In addition, we will have practitioners of mental health law coming to the class to describe what they do and how they have achieved success in their field.

Short Course Attendance Policy Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-05-2018 - 02-10-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
02-05-2018 - 02-08-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A216B
02-09-2018 - 02-09-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A216B
02-10-2018 - 02-10-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A216B

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The course will be evaluated in three ways: 30% by participation in the active in-class, 30% on a 2-3 page essay which can be submitted from a choice of topics at any time until the exam; 30% on a one hour short answer and true or false quiz on all class materials; and 10% on class participation (which will include being on time for class). Exam February 16th @ 2:00 PM
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Family & Personal - Related
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Health & Medical - Basic
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None