Want to help veterans and their families? An estimated 172,000 veterans live in the 8 counties of Western New York.
Students enrolled in the School of Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum will study and serve 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 brand-new practicum will build on past success of the Veterans’ Economic Securities Clinic and the Veteran’s Legal Clinic, and as a fall 2018 student, you will get to help co-create this course!
UB’s Veterans Legal Practicum is designed around 120 hours of direct service, supported by classroom-based curricular training on relevant substantive law and important skills for law students electing to participate. With a full-time faculty member and an expert veteran who practices veteran’s law full time, you 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 your community work. The Veterans Legal Assistance Practicum's focus will be at help desks located in Veterans Administration Medical facilities or resource centers in at least three locations in Western New York, one of which would be at the Buffalo VA Medical Center on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, NY and another maybe the Batavia VA Medical Center in Batavia, NY or another location in western New York. Accepted students will help design other aspects of this new course!
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).