Summit 833 - Introduction to Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Click here for Syllabus

“Introduction to Therapeutic Jurisprudence” is a one unit, pass/fail seminar course, designed to introduce students to the study of “TJ.”

This course will introduce the study of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (the study of the role of the law as a potential therapeutic agent), its origin and development. While various areas of law will be explored, the focus will be on how Therapeutic Jurisprudence enriches our thinking about judging and practice in criminal law, juvenile law, corrections, re-entry from prison into society, and—our own rewards and enjoyment as lawyers of applying therapeutic jurisprudence in our practices.


Summit 834 - Advanced Studies in Therapeutic Jurisprudence - Click here for Syllabus

“Advanced Studies in Therapeutic Jurisprudence” is a two unit seminar course, designed to promote the study of “TJ” under the guidance of one of its creators:  Professor David B. Wexler. 

This course will provide an advanced study of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (the study of the role of the law as a potential therapeutic agent), its origin and development, and its reach into the world of practice. While various areas of law will be explored (general legal counseling, family law, torts etc), the focus will be on how Therapeutic Jurisprudence enriches our thinking about judging and practice in criminal law, juvenile law, corrections, and re-entry from prison into society.


  Summit 778 - Comprehensive Law - Click here for Syllabus

Comprehensive Law is a study of cutting-edge developments in the modern practice of law, including creative problem-solving, restorative justice, transformative mediation, preventive law, therapeutic jurisprudence, and collaborative law.  Many of these practices and theories developed as a direct response to the moral crisis within the legal profession; that is, the frustration and dissatisfaction experienced by many lawyers, law students, and judges with our profession.  This course provides exposure to the theory, practice, methods, and skills of lawyers who view law as a helping or healing profession. These methods utilize psychology to assess the consequences of law and legal procedures on people in an effort to effect a more positive outcome. This course will emphasize lawyers’ obligations to society and the individual lawyer’s obligations to the client, the court, one’s self, and the profession.


Summit 856 - Psychology for Lawyers - Click here for Syllabus

This course provides exposure to the intersection between psychology and law.  Students will study the history and evolution of mental health law; the legal, medical, and psychiatric definitions, diagnosis, medications, and treatments (including confidentiality, ‘informed consent,’ and the duty to warn and protect); the legal court proceedings such as civil commitment, eye-witness identification, insanity, competency, and the role of mental health courts.  A written paper is a requirement of this course that will also satisfy the AWR requirement.  This is a PASS/FAIL course.


Summit 905 - Independent Study (on a TJ-related topic)

(1-3 credits) The student and professor agree on an independent study topic, a schedule of conferences, appropriate feedback, and student performance requirements. Typically an independent study will include one or more substantial written products by the student. This course is for individual research purposes and does not replace other required or elective courses. Prerequisite: All first-year required courses. Completion of at least 43 credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0.