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Veterans Legal Corps

Veterans often face complex and intertwined legal problems, many of which stem from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service. When these legal problems go unresolved, they can multiply over time, creating insurmountable barriers to successful civilian life.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) provides legal services that enable low-income and homeless veterans and their families to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives. Law students, referred to as “Student Members” are hosted at legal services organizations across the country where they work to:

  • Provide legal assistance to veterans and their families on issues related to housing, employment, consumer and medical debt, government benefits, child support, and other family law matters
  • Build relationships with community partners, including staff at the VA hospitals, clinics, and veterans centers, as well as work with law schools
  • Deliver presentations on veterans’ rights and benefits, and create educational tools and resources that can be shared across their host organization and with community partners

Members gain hands-on experience and training in the legal field, valuable networking opportunities, and professional skills development. Members also earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 300 hours of service.

VLC is an AmeriCorps National program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service that is open to current law students enrolled in law school who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents. Law students must apply directly to the legal services organization of their choice.

Contact us at vetslegalcorps@equaljusticeworks.org to learn more.

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Providing legal services to underprivileged populations is some of the most important legal work one can do. I’m eager to be a part of it.

Ashle Bray /
2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow