Forensic Psychology in Criminal Proceedings

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/19
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1430-1630 WB121

Course Description

This interdisciplinary seminar examines the role of mental illness, intellectual disability, and other psychological phenomena (e.g., trauma) among criminal defendants, and examines ways criminal law and policies allow (or prohibit) consideration of these conditions. Seminar sessions examine the prevalence of mental illness among defendants, and consider key issues such as adjudicative competency, waiver of rights, criminal responsibility (legal sanity), sexual offending, violence risk assessment, and the role of mental illness and other psychological phenomena in sentencing. Although the seminar will focus on adult defendants, it will also address some of these issues among justice-involved youth as well. The course relies on the UVA Forensic Clinic so students can observe court-ordered forensic mental health evaluations related to course topics.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will be required to submit a final paper via EXPO by noon on May 9, 2024 (the day before the last day of the exam period).

Other Work

Students will participate in a mock trial.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: Criminal Law (LAW 6003) and a prior course in Criminal Procedure (LAW 7009, 7018, or 7019) are recommended but not required. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124218676

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Criminal Justice , Intellectual Property , Litigation and Procedure

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