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Veterans Advocacy Clinic - Legal Help for Veterans

The Veterans Advocacy Clinic prepares law students to become effective and compassionate attorneys through interdisciplinary collaboration and pro bono advocacy by empowering them to be a voice for veterans with disabilities seeking compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs in the most difficult cases.

Help for Veterans Appealing VA Disability Benefits

If you are a veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran and you need legal help appealing a decision denying Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits, our Veterans Advocacy Clinic can help. Our students and staff represent veterans and their families in the most complicated claims and help make the process much less stressful. Our clinic provides approximately 250 free hours of free legal work each year on every client's case.

If you need help, you can apply for our services by submitting our Client Application Form. Or, if you would like us to mail an application to you, please call 727-562-7324 and leave your full name, mailing address, and phone number.

Note: The Veterans Advocacy Clinic is unable to accept walk-ins. All applications for service must be made in writing. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified whether the Veterans Advocacy Clinic can assist you directly or can refer you to other providers for help.

Help for Veterans with Civil Law Issues

In February 2017, Stetson Law teamed with the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, Bay Area Legal Services, and Gulfcoast Legal Services to form a medical-legal partnership (MLP). The MLP provides pro bono legal representation and consultation to veterans who receive care at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and may not otherwise be able to afford legal representation on civil law issues.

» Learn more about the Bay Pines MLP

Meet the Director

Stacey-Rae Simcox

Professor of Law, Director of Veterans Law Institute, and Director of Veterans Advocacy Clinic

“Stetson's incredible students, supportive faculty, and active alumni all combine to provide an excellent foundation for the Veterans Advocacy Clinic to flourish.”