Veterans Legal Clinic

Our Mission

The Veterans Legal Clinic is dedicated to protecting and serving veterans who have made great sacrifices to protect and serve the United States.

We represent veterans who find themselves in a dispute with a for-profit education company over the use of GI Bill® funds or related education loans.  The Veterans Legal Clinic can help by providing free legal advice, identifying potential claims, and even representing veterans in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution with for-profit education companies.

We also represent veterans in appealing VA disability benefits claims decisions and offer free assistance to veterans applying for a correct characterization of their military service discharge in order to receive the benefits, respect and honor they deserve.

We specialize in advising and representing veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma, or MST.  Veterans who have experienced MST may quality for VA disability benefits for symptoms and conditions related to their MST.  Some veterans may have been separated from the military because of their MST-related symptoms or conditions and may be eligible for a change of discharge characterization.  For more information regarding MST, please see our catalogue of YouTube video tutorials or visit the VA’s website.

The State of California is home to more veterans and military members than any other state in the country.  There are over two million veterans currently residing in California, approximately 250,000 of whom live in San Diego County. 

San Diego is also home to a large number of active duty military members and their families.  Along its coast, San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world.  Naval bases in the San Diego area include: Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Naval Base Point Loma, and Naval Base San Diego.  San Diego also boasts a strong Marine presence.  Marine Corps installations include: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.  Additionally, the Coast Guard has the US Coast Guard Station San Diego.  With such a high concentration of active duty military members, veterans, and their families, there is an urgent need for specialized legal assistance in San Diego.  The Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law is here to help.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government website at