Not available in 2022/23
LL4K7      Half Unit
Mental Health Law: The Criminal Context

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Jill Peay


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) 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 has a limited number of places and we cannot guarantee all students will get a place.

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.


This course will have two hours of teaching content each week in Lent Term, either in the form of a two hour seminar or an online lecture and one hour class. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6 of Lent Term.

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.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2021/22: 19

Average class size 2021/22: 19

Controlled access 2021/22: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills