Course - Law
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Therapeutic Jurisprudence is the study of the laws impact on emotional life and psychological well-being. It focuses on this traditionally underappreciated dimension of the law by examining and importing relevant contributions from psychology, psychiatry, criminology, social work and related disciplines.  Recently, the field has been moving more and more into the world of practice, influencing both lawyering and judging.  This course will trace the developments from theory to practice and will emphasize how therapeutic jurisprudence may enrich the practice of law, both in an office practice setting and in criminal, juvenile and related litigation. 


Rehabilitating Lawyers, Carolina Academic Press,2008

Course Format  
Written Assignments

An oral presentation is required of all students in the spring semester.

Type of Exam


Basis for grading

Attendance, preparation, and participation, including presentation in spring semester.

Additional Comments

For more information on therapeutic jurisprudence, and for a comprehensive bibliography, see


Spring 2012 will meet twice in person and additional meetings by Skype.  The meeting days are: 

Thursday, February 2, 3:30 – 6:30

Friday, February 3, 1:30 – 4:30

Room 135

The particular emphasis will be mainly in the criminal law and juvenile areas, and the assigned text is david b wexler, rehabilitating lawyers: principles of therapeutic jurisprudence for criminal law practice(carolina academic press 2008)(available also on kindle). The first 255 pages will be assigned and hopefully read before the two class sessions are held. (Other parts of the book may be suggested reading depending on the student's choice of presentation topic).

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