Veterans Justice Clinic

Mission

To provide students with the opportunity to offer legal assistance to low-income veterans in New York City, while gaining a range of legal skills under the supervision of experienced attorneys (members of NYLS’ adjunct faculty) at Legal Services NYC.

The Clinic

The clinic will provide students with the opportunity to offer legal assistance to low-income veterans in New York City, while gaining a range of legal skills under the supervision of experienced attorneys (members of NYLS’ adjunct faculty) at Legal Services NYC. The clinic will focus on poverty law, including but not limited to housing, family, access to public benefits, wills and other advanced directives, and civil rights. The course will include a two-credit classroom seminar, focusing on poverty law, veteran-specific legal issues and direct legal services skills. Veteran-specific legal issues include issues around discharge status and upgrades; service-connected disability benefits; VA pensions and other VA benefits; veterans’ preferences under state and local laws; veterans housing programs; and the veterans homelessness crisis.  In addition, students will spend two days per week (for two additional credits) at Legal Services NYC working on veterans’ cases. All credits will be graded. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 16 hours per week on clinic work.

Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Family Law; Government/Public Sector; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution 

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One Semester Clinic (F/S)
4 Credits (2 seminar +2 fieldwork)
Instructor: Adjunct Professors Pete Kempner, Melissa Molfetas, Jackeline Solivan, Dao Sun

Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement.
Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.

Course Description
To Apply to this clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page