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  • Advanced Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic - This 1-3 credit clinical experience will be open to students who have previously enrolled in the Veterans Clinic and will build upon the skills that they learned in their earlier experience in the Clinic. The course will involve a senior role in client matters, assignment to more complex client matters, and participation in new initiatives undertaken by the Clinic. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.
     
  • Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic - This 4-5 credit clinical experience at the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (Veterans Clinic) will provide focused and specialized legal assistance to veterans and servicemembers. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students will learn the substance and process of representing veterans and current servicemembers and the unique legal issues they encounter. The Veterans Clinic provides legal assistance to veterans whose claims have been rejected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration (VA) and are seeking an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Federal Circuit or the Supreme Court. The Veterans Clinic will also seek to develop and/or influence state and federal legislation that affects veterans or current servicemembers. This course satisfies the experiential learning requirement.
     
  • Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Advocacy - Disposition before trial occurs in the vast majority of civil lawsuits (e.g., 98% of federal cases), which makes pre-trial advocacy the dominant part of legal practice at most law firms and agencies. This experiential learning course will engage students with a robust client fact pattern, including analysis of client documents and procedural and substantive law. Students will learn how to draft pre-trial advocacy pleadings, discovery, disclosures, and motions, culminating with learning how to draft a motion for summary judgment. Students will learn how to take depositions and negotiate a settlement. By simulating an actual complex civil litigation case, this “in-context” course will provide students with insight into the process of preparing a case for trial through the pretrial conference and improving the client’s position for a pre-trial disposition. This course teaches skills used in the administrative law context, including practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Board of Veterans Appeals, and satisfies the experiential learning requirement.
     
  • Veterans Benefits Law - This course is designed to teach students about the veterans benefit system, by analyzing the statutes and regulations that govern that system, studying the administrative agency tasked with applying the law and distributing the benefits, and analyzing both administrative and judicial decisions interpreting those laws. Students will study the policy goals of the 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 teaches skills used in the administrative law context, including practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Board of Veterans Appeals.