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Veterans Law Clinic
Widener Law School
4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Veterans Law Clinic
In 1997, Widener Law School led the way in establishing the nation’s first clinical
program designed to assist veterans while providing students an engaging, dynamic
setting in which to learn veterans law. As the first of its kind in the country,
the Veterans Law Clinic at Widener Law School introduces students to the practice
of law by serving an underrepresented population in great need–our country’s veterans.
Clinical students gain first-
Interested in becoming a student intern or student volunteer? Stop by the Veterans Law Clinic in Room 284 and chat with Professor Holbrook or one of the clinical students, complete an application, or sign up for our “Clinic in a Day” program which allows you shadow a student intern, attend a class, and help with a real case. The Veterans Law Clinic is open to 2L and 3L regular and extended division students at Widener Law School who have taken Professional Responsibility.
What legal services does the clinic provide? The Veterans Law Clinic at Widener Law School primarily represents veterans in filing appeals from the local VA Regional Office to the Board of Veterans Appeals, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and beyond. We also represent veterans filing discharge upgrade applications with the Board of Corrections of Military Records. In the past, we have assisted clients with Federal Tort Claims Act cases, VA and Social Security health benefits concerns, state court civil litigation, Freedom of Information Act delays, and criminal expungment issues. The Veterans Law Clinic works cooperatively with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, conducts CLE and advocacy training for practicing attorneys, and has partnered with other veterans clinics in filing amicus briefs on key veterans issues. In addition to representing veterans, we conduct and publish research on a number of issues, including veterans treatment courts, a growing trend within the treatment court community designed to rehabilitate rather than simply punish veterans who commit criminal offenses. Other potential areas of involvement include veterans housing and drug rehabilitation issues and class action casework.
What do students in the clinic do? Students generally enroll in the Veterans Law
Clinic for six clinical credits in either the Fall or Spring semesters. If students
elect, they may take the clinic for a second semester for the same or a lower number
of clinical credits. Each week, students work in the clinic for 20 hours. This time
includes a two-
The Veterans Law Clinic could not accomplish all that it does without the support
of our volunteers. Each semester, our volunteers include students, non-
Students who are unable to take the clinic for credit can volunteer with the clinic as many or as few hours as they like. Volunteer hours may be counted toward the Pro Bono Distinction for graduation. Volunteers learn substantive veterans law, experience how a small firm operates, and, most importantly, lend a helping hand to veterans in need. To volunteer with the clinic, simply complete a volunter application below and stop by the Veterans Law Clinic!
A volunteer application form.
A simple timesheet for keeping track of the hours volunteers donate to the clinic.