LL4G7      Half Unit
Mental Health Law: The Civil Context

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jill Peay NAB6.11

The course is taught in the Michaelmas term at Kings College by Professor Genevra Richardson. Students from Kings are taught alongside those from the LSE.


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 5 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This course aims to integrate a practical and theoretical understanding of mental health law, as it relates both to mental illness and mental incapacity. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the law in England and Wales, but rather aims at broader conceptual understanding of the problem areas that are likely to bedevil mental health law across many jurisdictions. The course makes reference to both the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.


22 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

22 hours of seminars in the MT over Weeks 1-4 and 6-11 to fit in with King’s teaching schedule.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

There is no single satisfactory text. See B. Hale (2010) Mental Health Law 5th Edition or P Bartlett & R Sandland, Mental Health Law: Policy and Practice (2014) Oxford University Press, Sweet and Maxwell. The latter is the best up to date text available.  There is a new addition of Brenda Hale's book due soon.  Whether it will be available by Oct 2016 is unknown.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: 2

Average class size 2015/16: 2

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills