Veterans Legal Clinic

Need Legal Help?

COVID-19 Update: The Veterans Legal Clinic is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our staff and clients. Our office is currently open and providing in-person and remote services. The office is located at Building 206 on the West LA VA Medical Center Campus.

If you are seeking legal assistance, call the legal clinic’s hotline at (424) 248-9783. The hotline is open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome at the Veterans Legal Clinic’s office at the West LA VA Campus on Tuesdays.

The UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic allows law students to assist underserved and marginalized veterans in Los Angeles while developing lawyering skills under the supervision of the clinic's Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Law, Sunita Patel and Jeanne Nishimoto, the clinic's Associate Director.

Part of UCLA School of Law's Experiential Education program, the clinic is distinct from the student-run El Centro Legal clinic that also assists veterans.

The UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic is housed at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus. Clinic clientele includes veterans who are chronically homeless and those who are aging, disabled and returning from incarceration.

"From my initial meeting at the West LA Stand Down, the students and staff members of the UCLA Veterans Legal Clinic have gone above and beyond. They have not only assisted me with appealing my benefits claims, but also accompanied me to doctor's appointments and talked to my case worker about my housing needs. They listen and want to help."
--Jesse Cage

"The results Ms. Patel and her students achieved for me changed my life. I went from homeless to owning my home. I went from sleeping under a bridge to sleeping in my own bed. When I received the news that the VA admitted its mistake and returned $70,000 in benefits to me, I could not believe it. Without the help of the UCLA Veterans Legal Clinic, I don’t know where I would be today."
--Darius Fryar

"The UCLA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic allowed me to develop essential lawyering skills and apply them to serve a community that is close to my heart. As a veteran, I found the clinic to be an amazing opportunity to give back to those who gave so much."
--Nathan Goncalves, Class of 2018 | U.S. Army, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds"

"Professionally, the Veterans Legal Clinic was an extraordinary opportunity to put what I learned in the classroom into action. I wrote real legal briefs, I prepared arguments to give in court, I appeared in front of a judge with a client. Personally, as the stepson of a veteran and someone who is dedicated to addressing the ongoing crisis of homelessness in our city, it was an incredibly meaningful experience."
--Ian Grady, Class of 2019

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Upcoming Clinics

Need legal assistance? This calendar contains information for legal clinics throughout Los Angeles where veterans may obtain assistance. Please note that these clinics are not affiliated with UCLA. We cannot provide any guarantees about the nature of the assistance offered or whether you will receive representation.

Due to Covid 19, many of these clinics may be cancelled or held remotely. Please contact the organization that runs the clinic directly for additional details.

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