Clinics & Centers: Veterans Legal Advocacy Center

Drill and Ceremony

Students working with GGU Law’s Veterans Legal Advocacy Center
(VLAC) help underserved veterans gain access to legal representation
and to the medical care and disability benefits that they
earned. Participating students research the validity of each claim
and submit persuasive briefs to the Department of Veterans Affairs
and Department of Defense in support of their case.

Students work under the supervision of a veterans’ rights attorney
while they interview and work with clients to obtain all information
necessary to support their claims. The VLAC, along with its student
clinicians, have helped clients obtain thousands of dollars in benefits
and upgrade their discharges to honorable conditions.



  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill®: Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®: Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Tuition/Fees & Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance



Golden Gate University has been a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in August 2009.

Golden Gate University is in the top 20% nationwide of colleges and universities who have committed to a large dollar grant to the Yellow Ribbon Program for our country's veterans to start or complete their educational goals.

GGU Law's Yellow Ribbon Program provides qualifying veteran students with matching grants that cover 100% of tuition. Many law schools have a cap on the number of student veterans they admit through the Yellow Ribbon Program, but GGU Law does not. We are committed to building a strong veteran community here and in the Bay Area.


  • The Veteran must submit their DD 214 and all pages of their COE (Certificate of Eligibility) to the University Financial Aid Office.
  • The Veteran must be fully admitted to GGU (either full admission or conditional admission) and enrolled in classes.
  • The Veteran's Administration provides each eligible Veteran, who has 100% of Chapter 33 benefits, $21,970.46 for academic year 2016 - 2017 (fall, spring and summer).
  • Once the $21,970.46 is used up, GGU provides a grant of up to 50% of tuition costs (not to exceed $14,000 per trimester).
  • The Veterans Administration matches the other 50%.
  • An eligible Veteran may incur no tuition costs out of pocket.

EXAMPLE: 2017 - 2018

(Chapter 33)
(Chapter 33)
Fall semester tuition: $24,000.00
(15 units)
(9 units)
Spring semester tuition: $24,000.00
(15 units)
(8 units)
Chapter allocation: - $21,970.46 - $21,970.46
GGU contribution:: - $13,014.77 - $2,614.77
VA contribution: - $13,014.77 - $2,614.77
$0.00 $0.00
There is no cost to the Veteran. If the Veteran attends summer, all the tuition will be covered up to $28,000. Satisfactory academic progress criteria apply both at the institution level and with the VA for benefits to continue.

GGU tuition discounts and/or scholarships/grants are applied towards a portion of tuition costs only and may not be on top of the Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon. Students may not receive GGU tuition discounts and/or GGU scholarships/grants on top of the 100% tuition coverage by the Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon benefits.

Merit scholarships awarded by GGU Law will be applied to tuition costs only. The combination of a merit scholarship, VA tuition benefit, and GGU Law's Yellow Ribbon grant may not exceed the total cost of tuition. Eligible students should contact our VA certifying official as soon as possible to receive a comprehensive review of how VA benefits may assist with tuition, and to initiate the certification of enrollment to the Veterans Administration. We can be reached by phone at 415-442-7283 or via email at

The Veterans Administration determines the Veterans eligibility and issues a Certificate of Eligibility which must be submitted to GGU by the Veteran.


*Students applying for VA benefits are strongly encouraged to review any possible changes to VA benefits at as benefits may change at any time without prior notice.

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



Contact GGU Law's VA Certifying Officer:


LAW 776A
Externship: Veteran's Benefits

Students assist veterans with benefits-related legal needs under the supervision of distinguished veteran, attorney, and alumnus Dan Devoy (JD 10).

Students have the opportunity to work as a team to process and argue cases for veteran's disability benefits through the Department of Veteran's Affairs or the Veteran's Board of Appeals by submitting written briefs and by personal appearance before the Board of Students. Students will be supervised by one attorney, but will work in teams of two.

Pre-requisite / Co-requisite:

LAW 776B
Veteran's Benefits



The Veterans Law Student Association (VLSA) is dedicated to the growth and advancement of veteran law students and those in our community interested in veterans' rights. We seek to promote awareness of veterans' issues within the legal community, as well as enable our members to connect and collaborate with a diverse range legal professionals who serve the interests of veterans.


GGU Law is a member of the Law Students Veterans Coalition of Northern California, which supports the professional development of its members and facilitates collaboration among members and schools to assist the veterans community. Other member schools include Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Stanford Law School, UC Davis School of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. To join, contact


GGU Law's new Veteran's Online Information Center (VOICe). GGU Law has partnered with, which offers pro bono legal information online, to provide veterans with benefits information online. Supervised by alumnus Dan Devoy (JD 10), students have just begun to fill the justice gap for veterans through this program as well as our Externship Clinic.


Student Veterans Services provides resources and referrals so that veterans can successfully navigate academic (and civilian, if applicable) life.

Some areas of which we have knowledge:
  • Finding housing in the Bay Area
  • Connecting with other veterans on campus
  • Getting involved whether an online student or in-person
  • Who to talk to when issues arise whether it's personal or academic

The Office of Career Planning (OCP) supports student veterans in strategic career management. We help veterans identify their transferable skills which can be effectively marketed for civilian positions. OCP partners with veteran support services to deliver specialized programming that helps students communicate their value to employers.

Services Include:
  • Confidential, one-on-one appointments
  • Career assessments
  • Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Guidance in interviewing, networking, and salary negotiations
  • Opportunities to connect with employers



The Office of Student Life helps students build their co-curricular experience whether through skill and professional development or campus involvement. Veterans can develop additional professional skills, as well as join the Student Veteran's Association -- a student-run organization. We also hold events to recognize the contributions of our veterans and active military students, staff, and faculty.



Disability Services provides accommodations and resources to students in order to offer equal access to education. Services are tailored to meet individual student needs. Students are encouraged to meet with the disability services coordinator to discuss their needs and involvement in the disability services program.

We provide assistance with many types of disabilities, including:
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Learning difficulties
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Severe depression
To initiate the accommodation verification process, discuss any questions regarding disability services, or address issues implementing approved accommodations, please contact:

Jessica Bride
Director for Law Student Support
536 Mission Street, 415-442-6536



The counselors at GGU Wellness Resources know that it can take a while for the transition from military culture to civilian life to settle into place. We can help you create a plan for moving forward in the best way for you. All services are private and confidential and include assessment, referral, and private support by appointment. Most services are free of charge, including the first four private appointments.

Personalized assistance with many wellness-related issues, including:
  • Coping with stress
  • Managing exam anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dealing with illnesses or accidents
  • Concerns about substance use
  • Managing commitments to family, relationships, and school


Don't let that stop you from asking for support. We can find local resources so you can receive the help you deserve close to where you live, work, and attend classes.


GGU's academic programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, US Code.