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 our a monthly clinic at the East Orange VA.  At this clinic, veterans have the opportunity to meet with attorneys to discuss any legal issues they may be facing and receive advice. VLJ then uses the information collected in their appointment to assess their case(s), determine next steps and see what additional assistance can be provided. Common issues include NJ child support matters, criminal record expungements, driver’s license restoration issues, those seeking to have a will and/or estate planning documents prepared and more.

If you are interested in attending this clinic to meet with lawyers about your legal issues, please call (973) 645-1955 to make an appointment for an upcoming clinic.  

Female Veterans Program

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 for another 9-12 months, 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.  If you are a female veteran, or know a female veteran, please consider completing our survey, here, so VLJ can continuing working to address to unique legal needs of our female vets and to improve our current Veterans Legal Program.