Veterans Legal Clinic Practicum
Professor Janet Dolgin and Visiting Assistant Professor Gary Port
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students
Students in the Veterans Legal Clinic Practicum will help veterans obtain disability (and thus, often, health care) benefits and apply for discharge upgrades. More particularly, students may help veterans submit disability claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs, work on appeals of denied claims, and help veterans obtain increases in disability ratings, for cases in which increases are justified by a veteran’s service record and health status.
Students may also may help veterans upgrade other-than-honorable discharges from the military so that these veterans become eligible for disability and health care benefits. Working alongside physicians, other clinicians and experienced attorneys, students will help veterans with service-connected disabilities establish that their disabling conditions are service-connected.
The Clinic Practicum will be part of Starbucks’ Military Mondays – an innovative public-private partnership that engages community veterans in conversation and provides free legal counsel at nearby Starbucks locations.