One of the Legal Services Center's newest project is a response to the vast unmet legal needs of low-income veterans. Students will likely have a variety of lawyering opportunities. Case types include discharge upgrade and correction of military records cases; veterans benefits cases before Veterans Administration Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; and representation of veterans, family members, or both in estate planning cases and other matters involving access to healthcare, financial assistance, and similar life necessities. Students will also likely have opportunities to engage in community outreach and collaborate with medical and mental health providers and experts. Providing representation in these various areas of practice is especially important given the dramatic growth in the number of new veterans, the aging of the overall veterans population, the complexity of the legal issues, the depth of need, and the gaps in existing services. In addition to providing a much-needed public service to the veterans community, the goal of the clinic is to provide students the opportunity to develop essential lawyering skills and assume the maximum degree of independence in representing each client.
For news coverage of the Clinic's representation of the veteran in Ausmer v. Shinseki in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, see the CNN article and Harvard Gazette article.
For academic year 2013/2014, students wishing to work in this clinic must enroll in Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar A (fall) or B (spring).
For more information on the Clinic, contact Daniel Nagin, Clinical Professor of Law, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 390-2560.
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS:
Veterans Legal Clinic: Attorney Clinical Fellow
Veterans Legal Clinic: The Mission Continues Fellow