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Institutes and Centers

The School of Law includes several internationally known special programs directed by faculty members who are respected in their fields and often called upon by private and governmental organizations worldwide for their expertise.

Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy offers training, educational, research, and service programs in the areas of forensic psychiatry, forensic psychology, and mental health law. Affiliated with the School of Law, the University’s School of Medicine, and the College of Arts & Sciences, the Institute has an interdisciplinary faculty of attorneys, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. Its Forensic Psychiatry Clinic performs clinical evaluations in a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. The Institute conducts training programs for the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services and provides continuing education for attorneys and judges. The Institute also conducts extensive empirical and theoretical research in clinical criminology, forensic psychiatry/psychology, and mental health law and policy.

John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics
The Olin Program at the University of Virginia School of Law supports faculty and student interests and research relating to the economic analysis of legal issues. The program provides for discussions and debate through conferences, workshops and lectures. It encourages student research through scholarships, summer fellowships and colloquia.

Center for National Security Law
The Center for National Security Law was established in 1981 to promote nonpartisan interdisciplinary scholarship and education about legal issues affecting U.S. national security. Topics of special interest include legal constraints on the use of armed force and the separation of constitutional powers concerning war and treaties; the proper role of an intelligence service in a free society; terrorism; and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In addition to teaching courses and seminars, Center scholars conduct research, publish, and lecture. The Center also sponsors professional conferences and publishes scholarly studies.

Center for Oceans Law and Policy
The Center for Oceans Law and Policy promotes rational management of the world’s oceans, coastal, and polar areas through teaching, research, and the dissemination of information. The Center offers research and publications; conferences, seminars, and speakers; associateships and fellowships; curricular and teaching programs in oceans law and policy, and maintains the Newlin Collection of Oceans Law and Policy in the Morris Law Library.

Law School faculty also are actively involved with other multidisciplinary endeavors at the University, including the Center for Children, Families, and the Law, co-directed by one of our faculty members.