Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic

A Commitment to Effective Veterans Advocacy

The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) is committed to effective advocacy not only through in house representation, but also through pro bono attorneys. The VLSC recruits, trains, manages, and supports a network of pro bono volunteers throughout Illinois.

As a volunteer attorney, you will receive a screened case that includes a legal memo summarizing the case as well as the research and documentation in support. Under the supervision of VLSC legal staff, one of our many talented clinical students will present the case to you.

Get Involved

Volunteer attorneys are a valuable resource to the VLSC. There are always veterans needing assistance with valid appeals, and our volunteers allow us to serve them.

VA regulations require that attorneys be accredited for VA representation. Accreditation is straightforward:

  1. File a VA Form 21a Application for Accreditation as a Claims Agent of Attorney
  2. Complete a 3-hour CLE within a year of filing Form 21a.
    The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education provides volunteer attorneys with the accreditation CLE for free as a public service to the community.
  3. Complete 3 hours of additional CLE within 3 years of accreditation.
    The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education provides volunteer attorneys with a CLE on veteran legal issues for free as a public service to the community.

If you wish to volunteer, contact the Clinic Director at bclauss@jmls.edu

VA benefit appeals not for you? The Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic also receives requests from veterans in other areas of the law. A recent Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism article by Michelle Silverthorn discusses how attorneys can assist veterans.