Veterans Legal Program 

Under the Veterans Legal Program, volunteer lawyers assist veterans throughout New Jersey with a range of legal issues, through 2 distinct programs. 

VETERANS legal wellness clinic

VLJ offers free assistance to veterans through a monthly clinic at the East Orange VA.  

This is a FREE meeting with an attorney to discuss any issues that concern you. The attorney will also go through a set of questions covering different areas to identify any additional issues that may be affecting you. You will receive an action plan with recommendations on how to get help. Attending this limited clinic is the first step toward resolving the issues you’re facing.  

If you are interested in attending this clinic to meet with lawyers about your legal issues, note upcoming clinic dates below and bring all related paperwork. 

Space is limited and this walk-in clinic is first-come, first-served. Please plan to arrive by 9 am. Depending on demand, you may be at the clinic for up to 3 hours.


       2019 Clinic Dates Include: 

               WHEN:   Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9AM

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 9AM

              WHERE:  East Orange Veterans Hospital, 3rd Floor Auditorium



Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) provides FREE legal help to those who are serving or have served in the military and are found to be eligible for VLJ services. Our program offers the opportunity to meet with a attorney at VLJ’s monthly clinic in Newark, NJ. Attorneys provide the following:

  1. If you are seeking a criminal records expungement - Volunteer attorneys provide legal advice on your eligibility to expunge your criminal record in New Jersey, and if you are eligible, they will outline the path to expunging the record.

  2. If you are seeking to restore a suspended NJ driver's license - Volunteer attorneys provide legal advice and brief services to initiate the process of restoring your NJ driver’s license.

To discuss whether this free legal clinic is for you, please call Volunteer Lawyers for Justice at (973)645-1955.


Female Veterans

Although VLJ does not currently have specific programming for female veterans, from July 2015 to June 2016, VLJ worked to better understand the unique challenges faced by female veterans and if their experiences impacted their legal needs when returning back to civilian life. Through this program, VLJ conducted the first ever legal needs assessment.

To learn more about our findings, please click here to access our report. In addition, VLJ has decided to keep the legal needs survey open, to conduct further outreach to female veterans. At the conclusion of the additional year, we will update the legal needs assessment report to account for the supplemental information we learn, and will then make further decisions about female veterans programming at VLJ.