Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
The Veteran Benefits Pro Bono Network
The VLSC is always looking for talented attorneys to strengthen the network and support the advocacy needs of our veterans. We recruit, train, and manage an extensive network of pro bono attorneys in partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. These volunteer attorneys assist veterans in filing VA claims and in appeals representation. The VLSC supports these attorneys by providing training, matching attorneys with veterans in need of legal aid, and assisting with research and information support.
An attorney may not independently assist veterans claimants in the preparation, presentation, and presecution of claims for VA benefits without accreditation. The only requirement for initial accreditation is the filing of Form 21a; however, attorneys must complete continuing legal education (CLE) requirements to maintain accreditation.
Within a year of initial accreditation, attorneys must complete a 3-credit-hour CLE requirement. An additional 3 hours of CLE must be completed within 3 years of the initial accreditation. The CLE programming must contain, at minimum, representation before the VA, claims procedures, basic eligibility for VA benefits, right to appeal, disability compensation dependency and indemnity compensation, and pension.
The VLSC hosts two CLE presentations each year for attorneys who need to satisfy the VA-accreditation requirement. As dates and times are determined, information will be posted on the VLSC Events page.
Additional qualified CLE programs: