LL4K7      Half Unit
Mental Health Law: The Criminal Context

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jill Peay NAB.5.08


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Criminal Justice Policy and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students.

Course content

This course aims to integrate a practical and theoretical understanding of mental health law, as it relates to mentally disordered offenders. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the detail of the relevant law in England and Wales, but rather aims at broader conceptual understanding of the problem areas that are likely to bedevil any law relating to those with mental disabilities who have offended. The course makes reference to both the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003.


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

There will be a reading week in week 6. Summer term is a review and revision session.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

J. Peay (2011) Mental Health and Crime, Routledge. B. Hale (2017) Mental Health Law, Sweet and Maxwell


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

Two-hour unseen examination in ST (100%).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 14

Average class size 2018/19: 15

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills