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The Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry

Applying Legal Perspectives to Mental Health and Psychiatric Issues

The Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law is dedicated to helping law students and practicing attorneys learn how psychiatry aids in resolving legal matters and exploring social policy that affects mental health and legal concerns.

The Institute’s mission is:

  • To provide opportunities—including classroom instruction, educational symposia, and public lectures—that encourage law students and legal practitioners to learn more about mental health law
  • To teach students and legal practitioners about the many contexts in which the law uses information from the fields of psychiatry and psychology
  • To promote scholarship and learning in forensic psychiatry
  • To encourage attorneys and students to develop the interests, skills, and talents needed to deal successfully with psychiatric evidence in court
  • To help students interested in mental health law and psychiatry develop the knowledge and background needed to handle psychiatric issues that affect criminal adjudication, civil cases, correctional decision-making, and legislation

Why I'm a Weaver Fellow

 “(W)hile law school seeks to teach us to ‘think like lawyers,’ [the Weaver} fellowship has taught me to consider legal issues from many different perspectives.”

Melissa Thompson '14