The Veterans Clinic is a
one-semester clinic in which students represent low-income veterans seeking
disability compensation and other benefits. Students will represent veterans in
two types of proceedings: (1) applications for disability compensation from the
Department of Veterans Affairs, and (2) discharge upgrade petitions to the
military boards. Students will work in teams of two and share responsibility
for their cases. Students will be given as much autonomy as possible in making
decisions about their cases.
Students will receive training on
the steps involved in filing benefits and discharge upgrade applications,
including interviewing clients and witnesses, analyzing military medical
records, requesting and coordinating medical examinations, and preparing client
claims submissions. Each student will have at least one opportunity to draft a
legal brief for submission to an agency, among other written work. Depending on
the case, students may also appear in VA administrative hearings.