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Veterans Clinic: Resources

This guide will help students locate and use resources for representing veteran clients and their families.

Department of Defense Issuances

Washington Headquarters Services, DoD Directives Division

Guide to researching Directives, Instructions, Specifications & Standards for the Department of Defense and Service Branches


Reference Desk Hours

During the fall and spring semesters, the reference desk is typically available for walk-up, email, phone, or chat questions during these hours:

Monday to Thursday
9am - 6pm
9am - 5pm
noon - 4pm

During finals, intersession, and summer sessions hours vary.

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Representing Veterans

Your clients will be seeking assistance with:

  • disputes with predatory lenders and/or for-profit educational institutions over the use of their GI Bill funds;
  • upgrading the characterization of their discharge from the military; 
  • appealing Veterans Administration decisions about their disability claims; and
  • other legal issues related to their military service.

Will I be doing the same type of research for the clinic as I did for my Legal Writing & Research class?

Not exactly.

In addition to the resources for searching case law and statutes that you have already mastered, you will be using general and specialized practice materials:

  • Litigation materials
  • Local court rules and forms
  • Arbitration information
  • Client materials
  • Government web sites and forms
  • Investigatory materials
  • Consumer credit materials

Additional Helpful Websites


Yale Law School's clinic for veterans has been in operation since 2010. Their website hosts a number of useful resources, including:

Legal Checkup for Veterans ABA Veterans' Claims Assistance Network
VetLex - Pro bono legal services for veterans Legal Resources for Veterans

Military Law Section