Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic
VLSC Clerkships & Internships
This is an hourly paid positioned offered to all law students. The primary function of the clerical students is to serve as the initial contact for potential clients calling into the clinic as well as conduct the initial intake and gather pertinent information for the clinical students. The clerical students also assist the clinical staff. This assistance can range from drafting form letters, correspondences with other organizations, compiling information for grants and reports, to performing case file audits and background research for the center.
Students that have taken the Veterans Advocacy Class are eligible to work at the VLSC for credit. Clinical students are the backbone of clinic operations and are the students who work directly with the veterans the clinic is assisting. Clinical students work with veterans to analyze their VA disability benefit appeals. This process allows students to gain practical skills including: establishing and maintaining good client relations; fact gathering and investigation; analysis of the facts and applying the law; developing cases strategies and plans; and drafting legal memoranda. If an appeal is found to have merit, the case will be transferred to the clinic’s pro bono attorney network under the guidance of the clinical student.
Justice Involved Veterans Program Advocates
This is an hourly paid position offered to all law students. Program advocates are expected to work 10 hours per week. Program advocates work directly with veterans involved in the criminal justice system by attending court calls, conducting interviews, and researching legal issues. All of the advocates’ work is performed under the supervision of staff attorneys. Additionally, program advocates handle the collection and organization of data pertinent to the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Grant.