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Veterans Legal Clinic

Serving Those Who Served.

UIC Law School - Veterans Legal Clinic

Our Mission

The Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) is dedicated to training law students to become zealous advocates for veterans and their families. The VLC assists veterans who have been improperly denied benefits by the Veterans Benefits Administration or need a military discharge upgrade.


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The Veterans Legal Clinic provides free services to veterans, regardless of discharge status, and family members who reside in Illinois. The VLC specializes in appealing denied veteran’s benefits claims, including service-connected benefits, pension benefits, survivor benefits, and education benefits.

VLC prioritizes veterans who are low-income and are in need of VA healthcare services. The Clinic will not begin work on an initial claim that has not been filed or is currently pending before the Department of Veterans Affairs. To receive assistance in filing an initial claim for benefits please contact a veterans’ service organization.

Review our clinic services below. To become a client, please contact the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network at 855-452-3526.

Students & Veterans at UIC Law Heading link

If you are a veteran contemplating a career in the law or a student wishing to participate in the Veterans Clinic, feel free to contact the Veterans Clinic. The Veterans Clinic staff is happy to supplement our Admissions Office and is always ready to talk with veterans, provide a tour of the school, and invite them to spend some time talking with law students who are veterans. The Veterans Clinic works closely with the Law School’s chapter of Student Veterans of America, which offers space for the exclusive use of student veterans.

Learn More About VLC Student Involvement

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In 2006, three Law School degree candidates recognized that veterans were having trouble navigating the Veterans Benefits Administration claims process. In an effort to provide legal assistance to such veterans, they created the Veterans Legal Clinic. The Clinic works on all aspects of Veteran Benefits Administration claims, from the initial, factual intake to the technical representation of claims at the appellate level. In the years since opening, the Clinic has expanded to become involved in court programs for veterans at the federal level. The Clinic has also assisted veterans who would like to pursue a discharge upgrade in order to obtain veterans benefits.

Contact us via email at  or by phone at 312-360-2656 .