Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum

Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum

Want to help veterans and their families? Students enrolled in our Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum will study and serve the unmet needs of our country’s heroes.

Students enrolled in the School of Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum perform service-learning to help address the unmet needs of our country’s heroes. New York State’s Justice for Heroes program provided a grant to UB Law to help create the Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum. This practicum builds on past success of other veterans work in the law school and efforts of the nationally-recognized veterans programs across the UB campus.

The Practicum is designed around 120 hours of direct service, supported by classroom-based curricular training on both relevant substantive law and as well as important skills for law students electing to participate.

With a full-time faculty member, Professor Kim Diana Connolly and expert veteran and Anthony J. Kuhn ’15, who practices veteran’s law full-time, law students will have active classes on campus once a week for three hours, with practical readings and applied writing activities.

This coursework will provide a foundation for the law student's community work. The Practicum's focus will be with community partners or resource centers in several locations in Western New York. 

Course work will include:

  • discharge upgrades,
  • research and presentations on dogs for veterans with PTSD and other conditions in conjunction with the Animal Law Clinic,
  • doing free Continuing Legal Education training for lawyers interested in veteran pro bono work, research and drafting legislation to create a Veterans Treatment Court, similar to the one in Buffalo, in Puerto Rico, and other areas.

Enrolled law students get to help design some aspects of the course each semester.

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Professor Kim Diana Connolly
Adjunct Professor Anthony Kuhn


This course satisfies four hours of the experiential learning requirement and provides the 50-hours of pro bono service required for admission to the NYS Bar.

Co/Prerequisites: Criminal or Civil Procedure and Evidence or Administrative Law (or equivalent – e.g. Social Security Law).