The Veterans Law Student Association is an inclusive organization for service members and students, families, friends, faculty and associates interested in issues affecting veterans. The VLSA is committed to providing general fellowship, professional and academic mentorship and veterans advocacy. The VLSA hosts a number of JAG and career panels, as well as professional networking events, to assist students with professional development. VLSA members also collaborate with local legal professionals, firms, judges and the Nassau County Bar Association, to broaden Hofstra Law’s Veterans Advocacy Program. Through the VAP, law students participate as mentors for veteran-defendants who are charged with nonviolent misdemeanor crimes at the Nassau County Veterans Treatment Court. The VAP also offers students opportunities to assist veterans, under the supervision of other attorneys, through the Veterans Legal Assistance Pro Bono Project. The VLA Pro Bono Project focuses on assisting veterans initiate VA claims and improving overall access to free civil legal services to veterans in Nassau County.