Tiffany Larsen, Class of '10

Former Student/Alumni

The Mental Health Clinic was one of the most rewarding experiences of my law school career. I was an avid mock trialer throughout law school, but being able to use my advocacy skills to represent clients in  probable cause and commitment hearings against seasoned prosecutors while still in school was exhilarating and extremely rewarding.  I joined the Mental Health Clinic with some reservation – I wasn’t sure if I would feel comfortable representing people suffering from mental illness.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to communicate with them effectively and wasn’t sure if they would even want my help.  What I quickly learned, however, was that the clients that we were working with were just that – clients. They generally had clear legal and personal goals and were extremely appreciative of our assistance in achieving those goals. Additionally, working with Professor Churgin was a pleasure – he made working in the Clinic very manageable and he is exceptionally knowledgeable about the mental health justice system. I truly believe that there is no better way to put your legal education and skills to the test than to work within one of the many outstanding clinics that Texas Law had to offer. I only wish I had been able to participate in more of them!  Thank you for the experiences!