What We Do
Through free legal clinics held at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and through other contacts, Practicum participants meet with prospective clients to determine their legal and other needs. For problems within the core focus of the Practicum, students assemble the needed information and documents, draft and submit the appropriate filings, and potentially represent clients before the VA regional office, Board of Veterans Affairs, and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Our core focus is on the following areas:
- Appeals following denials of applications for disability benefits
- Appeals following denials of payment under the TSGLI program
- Initial applications for benefits
- Discharge status upgrades
We carefully evaluate each prospective client on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we can provide the needed services. Where appropriate, we may partner with an outside attorney or make a referral to an appropriate legal services provider.
The Veterans Law Practicum is dedicated to helping veterans navigate the complex system of benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs.