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295.4C sec. 001 - Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar (Spring 2019)

Instructor: George Horvath  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1

    Course Start: January 07, 2019
    Course End: April 23, 2019
    Class Number: 32010

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 3
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 10
    As of: 06/11 02:48 PM


    This seminar is the companion to the Veterans Law Practicum. Seminar students will acquire a basic understanding of the problems that many veterans confront, the complex array of benefits that are available to veterans, and how a typical disability claim is evaluated, developed, and litigated. Participants will be required to write a five page paper on a topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor.

    A partial list of topics that may be covered includes:
    History of Veterans Benefits and the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Disability Benefits:
    The claims process and judicial review
    Basis for Entitlement
    Defining “In the Line of Duty”
    Evidentiary Issues in Veterans Law
    Rating Disabilities
    The Requirement for Sympathetic Reading of Claims versus Deference to Agency Decisions
    Discharge Status Upgrades
    Mental Health Issues and Mental Health Benefits
    Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Benefits
    Attorneys in the VA System: Paternalism, Rights, and Representation

    ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE MUST ALSO ENROLL IN LAW 295.4D Veterans' Law Practicum Clinic. Specific days and times this seminar will meet will be coordinated by the instructor.

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    Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.


    Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
    This is a credit only course
    Course Category: Public Law and Policy
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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