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.
The class hours will be split between the first and the second semester, approximately 6 hours of class time in each term. In the fall term, during a concentrated one-week period, the class will meet for six hours and students will complete assigned readings, participate in class discussion, and choose a tentative topic for their spring term presentation. Then, during a designated week during the spring term, students will, during six class hours, do a presentation of their chosen topic.
An oral presentation is required of all students in the spring semester.
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Attendance, preparation, and participation, including presentation in spring semester.
For more information on therapeutic jurisprudence, and for a comprehensive bibliography, see http://www.therapeuticjurisprudence.org. The fall semester meetings will be Thursday (3 to 6 p.m.) and Friday (1 to 4 p.m.), October 8 and 9, 2009. The spring semester meetings will likely be two afternoon/evening sessions in March or early April, 2010. All students must plan to attend both weeks; one in fall, and one in spring. Credit is awarded in the spring after all requirements have been completed.