Veterans Advocacy Clinic

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5 Credit Hours

(variable option 4-5 credits during COVID-19 pandemic)

Overseeing Professor:
Stacey-Rae Simcox, Associate Professor
ssimcox.stetson.edu    


Program Des
cription:
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic will teach students how to serve the needs of veterans as they appeal decisions that denied Veterans Administration disability benefits. 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 and fact-finding interviews with clients, analyzing complex cases, researching case law and medical journals, consulting with medical experts, investigating military records, preparing claims, drafting briefs to boards and course, and representing clients at hearings.

*If you are a Veteran seeking assistance, please see the Veterans Law Institute webpage for information.

Placement Locations:

Stetson College of Law, Gulfport Campus

Program Requirements:

  • 213 hours per semester;
  • Weekly classroom component which meets Mondays from 3:05 p.m to 4:35 p.m. on the Gulfport Campus;
  • 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)

THE VETERANS ADVOCACY CLINIC IS OPEN TO 2L STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Application Requirements:
Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, visit our Clinics and Externships page).

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