Veterans Advocacy Clinic


Overseeing Professor:
Stacey-Rae Simcox, Associate Professor

Program Description:
This clinic will teach students how to serve the needs of veterans as they navigate the process of applying for disability benefits and appealing decisions by the Veterans Administration.  Students will assist veterans as they file claims, appeal decisions at the local level, and in some cases provide assistance all the way up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.  Specific tasks may include conducting intake interviews, selecting clients, conducting case and legal analysis, performing fact investigations, preparing claims, and drafting briefs. The clinic also includes a moot court exercise to simulate arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  This course is open to students who have successfully completed all first-year courses and Professional Responsibility.  The successful completion of Administrative Law is preferred, but not required.

Placement Locations:
• Stetson College of Law, Gulfport Campus

Program Requirements:
• 213 hours per semester;
• Weekly classroom component which meets from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Gulfport Campus Library Room 209;
• Detailed weekly report and timesheets; and
• Electronic journal entries (minimum of five)

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Successful completion of Professional Responsibility; and
• Successful completion of Administrative Law (preferred)

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see