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Veterans Law Clinic

Widener Law School

4601 Concord Pike

Wilmington, DE 19803

(302) 477-2090

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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-hand experience in client advocacy, case file management, and administrative practice . . . all while serving those who first served us.

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.

Student Interns

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-hour weekly classroom component in which students learn substantive VA law, discuss their assigned cases in a “firm-style” meeting, and practice client advocacy skills. Outside of class, students work under the direction of a Staff Attorney in representing the clients they are assigned at the beginning of the semester. Students keep track of their billable time and manage their cases using CLIO, a cloud-based client/matter management software application. Students also perform four “administrative hours” in the clinic each week to assist with answering phones, copying and filing documents, and organizing case files. Unless required to be in the clinic, students are welcome to fulfill their weekly hourly requirements at home, the school library, or another location suitable for confidential attorney-client work. The clinic welcomes both day and evening division students. Coursework materials include two volumes published by Lexis/Nexis–Veteans Benefits Manual and Veteans Laws, Rules, and Regulations–and a hand-picked selection of cases and practicum materials.

Student Volunteers

The Veterans Law Clinic could not accomplish all that it does without the support of our volunteers. Each semester, our volunteers include students, non-legal professionals, paralegals, and practicing attorneys. Each of these individuals donates their time on a pro bono basis, contributing immeasurably to needy veterans who are struggling with disabilities.

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!

Volunteer Form

A volunteer application form.

Volunteer Timesheet

A simple timesheet for keeping track of the hours volunteers donate to the clinic.