Law and mental health, or psychology and law, is broadly defined as the study of psychology as it is applied to the legal system. It is interdisciplinary by definition in that it combines the fields of psychology and law. It is a relatively new field of study, first becoming a distinct field of study in the 1960s. The study of law and mental health is housed primarily within the realm of psychology. The field is also sometimes referred to as forensic psychology, but the term psychology and law has been more widely accepted as descriptive of the field because forensic psychology more narrowly refers to clinical practice, whereas psychology and law more generally comprises both clinical and experimental applications.

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