Veterans Legal Services Clinic
The Veterans Legal Services Clinic provides Bowen law students a high-quality, service-oriented learning experience while helping Arkansas veterans access benefits available to them under federal law.
Arkansas is home to more than 216,000 veterans, of whom nearly 30,000 reside in Pulaski County. The Veterans Legal Services Clinic seeks to honor those who have served by providing client-centered and trauma-informed advocacy.
Students in the clinic represent former military service members with VA appeals related to disability compensation and reconsideration of discharge status. Additionally, the clinic serves as a resource center for veterans and their families throughout Arkansas. Finally, the clinic engages in community education and connects veterans to attorneys and organizations who have agreed to provide assistance for free or at a reduced rate.
The clinic will begin enrolling students in spring 2021. If you would like your case considered for selection in the clinic, please complete this form.
If you would like to be paired with a volunteer attorney, please contact our Veterans Pro Bono Services Center.
Please understand that completing this form does not guarantee that the clinic can take your case. Therefore, you must continue to attend all court dates and meet all VA-imposed deadlines and other responsibilities while we are reviewing your completed form.
- Disability Compensation Appeals
The clinic works on disability compensation appeals under the Appeals Modernization Act, including supplemental claims reviews and appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, in order to help veterans obtain disability compensation to which they are entitled.
- Discharge Upgrade Assistance
The clinic works on selected discharge upgrade cases and advocates for veterans who were discharged with a less than honorable status so that they may be eligible for benefits.
- Pro Bono Referrals & Resource Center
Through our Pro Bono Program, the clinic assists veterans with issues beyond our in-house expertise. We provide a number of pro se resources through our website. Additionally, we refer veterans to lawyers and organizations who can help them for free or at a low cost.