Spring 2008 Section 001
Law 277: Legal Clinic - Mental Illness

Schedule: Evening Class
Instructor(s): Whitbeck, John
Credit Hours: 3
CRN: 16586
Day(s): Tuesday
Location: Hazel Hall 356 - Law Library
Time: 6:30pm-7:45pm
Enrollment Limit: Please see Patriot Web
Syllabus: Syllabus not listed.
Course Documents: No documents listed.
Exam Date/Time: No exam.
Prerequisites: None
General Description: The Law and Mental Illness Clinic allows students to gain practical experience in the judicial, legislative, academic and advocacy aspects of the law concerning the treatment of individuals with severe mental illness. The classroom component of the course studies the history and development of laws affecting the mentally ill, while also preparing the students for representation of petitioners during civil commitment hearings. Students may locate and interview witnesses, appear at commitment hearings, perform direct and cross-examinations and present legal argument. This course is a letter-graded course offered in the fall and spring, and students may receive 3 credits total (2 in-class credits and 1 out of-class credit). Space is limited, and registration is open to students who have completed their first year of law school. For more information about the program's requirements, please see the Information Packet for the Legal Clinic—Mental Illness at http://www.law.gmu.edu/academics/clinics.