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Viewing: LAW 6428 : Veterans Advocacy

Last approved: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:03:00 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:25:19 GMT

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Law (LAW)
Veterans Advocacy
Veterans Advocacy
Spring 2017
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Law only (limited use)

LAW 6423


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This course will focus on appellate advocacy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Understanding the rules that govern the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the agency appeals process is integral to advocacy before the CAVC, so the course will provide an overview of the agency as well. In addition to any field placement, throughout the semester students will review a case file and decision of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, identify issues, and draft documents and pleadings related to CAVC representation. Goals and objectives of the course include familiarizing students not only with the specific area of veterans representation but also with agency practice, appellate advocacy, and issues– ethical and otherwise–that can arise in a practice of this nature. Additionally, students with field placement will have opportunities to reflect on their respective externship experiences and their professional development. Students enrolling in this course should have already completed Law 6423 Veterans Law. Students who are not enrolled in a co-requisite course for field placement should indicate that they are engaged in another form of veterans advocacy or claims work to ensure full participation in all aspects of the course.
A student who completes this course should have an understanding and knowledge of the veterans appellate process within the Department of Veterans Affairs and in the courts, including related ethical issues. He or she should have developed research and writing skills. A student who takes this course while participating in the Field Placement Program should have the ability to reflect on his or her externship experience and professional development.
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