Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic
The Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Veteran Legal Assistance Clinic offers a unique opportunity for law students to gain practical hands-on experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Our program provides a structured learning environment where students can apply legal knowledge and skills to real-world situations, all while making a meaningful difference in the lives of our community veterans.
Our clinic operates on a pro bono basis, meaning that our services are free of charge to eligible veterans. To qualify for our program, veterans must meet certain income eligibility criteria, and must consent to allowing a certified law student to take primary responsibility for their legal matter.
The law students enrolled in the clinic are certified by the California State Bar through the Practical Training of Law Students program to practice law under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
The supervisory team at the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic has extensive experience in helping veterans navigate complex legal issues. We understand the unique challenges that veterans face when transitioning back to civilian life and are committed to helping every step of the way.
Currently, the Veterans Clinic is able to offer representation in the following areas:
- Child Custody/Visitation
- Name Change
- Stepparent Adoption
- Guardianship/ Conservatorship
- Powers of Attorney
- Discharge Upgrade
- Criminal Record Expungement
- Certificate of Rehabilitation
Hear What Our Students & Alumni Have To Say
“Participating in the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic under the guidance of Professor Nicole D’Ambrogi was the highlight of my legal education. Under her supervision, the clinic functioned as a bona fide law firm providing the interns with hands-on legal experience. I gained practical skills I use every day in running my law firm, such as conducting client interviews, drafting pleadings, and advocating for my clients in court.”
Attorney and Author