Not available in 2020/21
LL4K7      Half Unit
Mental Health Law: The Criminal Context

This information is for the 2020/21 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%).

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 28

Average class size 2019/20: 26

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills