A Commitment to Effective Veterans Advocacy
In 2006, three Law School degree candidates recognized that veterans were having trouble navigating the Veterans Benefits Administration claims process. In an effort to provide legal assistance to such veterans, they created the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic works on all aspects of Veteran Benefits Administration claims, from the initial, factual intake to the technical representation of claims at the appellate level.
In the years since opening, the Clinic has expanded to become involved in court programs for veterans at both the state and federal level. The VLSC works with the court programs to identify participants that need help obtaining services/resources that they are entitled to as veterans.
Students & Veterans Contemplating Law School
If you are a veteran contemplating a career in the law or a student wishing to participate in the Veterans Clinic, feel free to contact the Veterans Clinic. The Veterans Clinic staff is happy to supplement our Admissions Office and is always ready to talk with veterans, provide a tour of the school, and invite them to spend some time talking with law students who are veterans. The Veterans Clinic works closely with the UIC John Marshall chapter of Student Veterans of America, which offers space for the exclusive use of student veterans.
UIC John Marshall’s Basic Veterans Clinic offers students the unique experience to develop the core principles needed to become expert advocates in the legal community. Through examination of the historical origins of veterans’ advocacy law and the procedural and substantive texts used by the courts and attorneys, students learn federal agency litigation practice, sharpen their analytic skills, and become confident in their ability to deal with clients, federal agencies, and the courts. Students taking the Basic Veterans Clinic must register for both the class and clinic components. Students who have previously taken the Basic Veterans Clinic can register for the Advanced Veterans Clinic.
Basic Veterans Clinic
Advanced Veterans Clinic
Clinical students are the backbone of clinic operations and are the students who work directly with the veterans the clinic is assisting. Clinical students primarily work with veterans to analyze their VA disability benefit appeals. This process allows students to gain practical skills including: establishing and maintaining good client relations; fact gathering and investigation; analysis of the facts and applying the law; developing cases strategies and plans; and drafting legal memoranda.