Veterans Justice Field Placement and Seminar
The field placement and seminar 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's adjunct faculty) at NYC-area legal services organizations.
The course focuses on poverty law, including but not limited to housing, family, access to public benefits, wills and other advanced directives, and civil rights. The course includes 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 spend two days per week (for two additional credits) at their placement working on veterans' cases. All credits are graded. Students should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week at their field placement in addition to the seminar class meetings and related preparation.
This course is comprised of two co-requisite courses: a seminar and a field placement with a NYC-area legal services organization. This is a one-semester course offered in the fall or spring.
Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Family Law, Government/Public Sector, and General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution.
4 Credits: 2 credits for the seminar and 2 credits for the field placement