Course - Law
Instructor Kristine A. Huskey   View Faculty Page
Emailkhuskey@email.arizona.edu
Units 2or4 - 2-P/F or 4-Graded
Prerequisites:

 Students who wish to appear in court must be certified under Arizona Rule 38(d).  Prerequisites include three semesters of law school and The Legal Profession.  NOTE:  Legal Profession can be taken concurrently with the Clinic.

 
Recommended Courses:


Criminal Law,  Family Law, Administrative Law, Pre-trial Litigation 

 
Overview

 The Veterans’ Advocacy Law Clinic is a hybrid, multidisciplinary legal clinic. By hybrid, we mean that some of the legal work will be supervised by in-house attorneys (faculty) and some by volunteer attorneys. By multi-disciplinary, we mean that you will work with social workers, behavioral healthcare providers, and others in order to better represent and assist our clients. 

 During the semester, you will perform various types of legal/advocacy work:

  1. You will represent military veterans in the Veterans Courts of both the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court (RMVTC) and the Pima County Justice Court (PCJC).  Every other Wednesday, the RMVTC holds a morning and an afternoon session.  The PCJC meets once a month on a Wednesday in the afternoon.
  2. You will represent or assist military veterans in disability claims/appeals, discharge upgrades, or other administrative matters and/or civil or criminal legal matters outside of the Veterans Courts.
  3. You may have the opportunity to work on an advocacy/policy project or report relating to veterans' issues. 

 In most cases, law students will have direct contact with clients and will be the primary decision makers in their cases.

If you are new to the Vet Law Clinic, you must take it for 4 units of credit or have the Instructor's permission to take fewer than 4 credits.  Returning students may take it for 2 credits.    

 
Materials


Course materials will include various readings, such as articles, statutes, regulations, excerpts, etc, and will be posted on D2L. 

 

 

 
Course Format

 

Weekly seminar (to include lecture, discussion, simulations, and Rounds), plus field work (court appearances, client meetings, research, writing), and weekly supervision/office hours.  (See Comments). 

If you are a returning Vet Law Clinic student, you are only required to do your fieldwork, which may include veterans court, and attend Rounds when they occur.

 

 

 
Written Assignments

As needed for fieldwork.  Occasional in-class simulations and written reflections.

 
Type of Exam

None.

 
Basis for grading

Students will be graded on a variety of specific criteria related to their initiative and performance in representing their clients and their work on projects, as well as in classroom performance and office hours/supervision. 

2-credit students will be ungraded.  4-credit students will be graded without a curve. 

 

 

 
Additional Comments

Students must be available to go to court Wednesday mornings (9am-12pm) or afternoons (1-4pm) and attend class on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. 

If you are a Returning Vet Law Clinic student, you are only required to do your fieldwork, which may include veterans court, and attend Rounds when they occur.

If you are new to the Vet Law Clinic, you must take it for 4 units of credit or have the Instructor's permission to take fewer than 4 credits.  Returning students may take it for 2 credits.

 

 
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