Veterans Benefits Law - Fall 2019
This experiential simulation course is designed to teach law students how to represent clients before a federal agency by drafting and commenting on proposed regulations, writing persuasive administrative briefs, conducting a settlement conference with the agency, and presenting oral advocacy. The skills students learn in this simulation course will be transferable to practice before any state or federal agency. At the same time, students will gain an in-depth knowledge about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. veterans benefits legal system. Students will hone their statutory and regulatory analytical skills, and will learn to analyze written administrative decisions. Students will also study the policy goals of the veterans benefits legal system, the role of attorney representation of veterans as it has changed over time, how to be an effective advocate for the veteran in this system, and the challenges the system faces due to the unprecedented number of claims filed and appealed. This course will also help students seeking to take the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic in a future semester or to compete in the annual veterans law moot court competition held each fall. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.