Veterans Benefit Clinic

Students in this clinic advocate for low-income veterans who are in recovery from mental health issues and are represented by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. Under the supervision of attorneys accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), students assist clients in obtaining service- and non-service-connected disability benefits, relief from repayment of VA overpayments, and review of discharge status to obtain access to VA benefits.

Faculty Cinthia Johnson
Semesters Offered Fall only
Credits 4 (graded)
Class Meets M 6:30-9:15
Prerequisites None. Some background in veterans’ law, disability law and/or military law is helpful but not essential.

In the seminar portion of the clinic, students receive training in the applicable law, client interviewing, and other applicable lawyering skills. Fieldwork consists of reviewing military and medical records, meeting with clients, researching relevant regulations and case law, and drafting initial and appeal briefs for clients. Scheduling permitting, students may appear at and participate in a VA administrative hearing.

The clinic seminar meets in the evening and all fieldwork takes place in the evening. Evening Division students will be given enrollment priority.