Veterans Advocacy Clinic


4 - 5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Stacey-Rae Simcox, Professor of Law
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Program Description:
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic assists veterans in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability benefits system and applying for Discharge Upgrades from the Department of Defense. Students will assist veterans as they file claims, develop evidence, and appeal decisions. 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 representing clients at hearings. To see comments from past students about this Clinic, click here

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

Placement Locations:

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport Campus

Program Requirements:

  • 42.5 hours per credit;
  • Weekly classroom component which meets Thursdays from 3:10 p.m to 5:00 p.m. on the Gulfport Campus;
  • Detailed weekly report and timesheets; 
  • Participation in a Discussion Board;
  • Maintain regular client communication

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, visit our Clinics and Externships page). Please note this clinic is NOT available during the summer semesters.

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