Serving Those Who Served
Since its founding in 2012, the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has provided free legal services to a veteran population of over 75,000 in our Central Texas service area, many of whom cannot afford an attorney.
Growing up in a family with a history of military service, Baylor Law Professor Bridget Fuselier founded the clinic after witnessing firsthand the many men and women who served their country, only to be forgotten after their years of service. While helping veterans and their spouses navigate issues following their service, the clinic provides an invaluable training ground for student volunteers.
Students gain hands-on experience working with Baylor Law professors and volunteer attorneys in civil legal areas ranging from family law to consumer debt and bankruptcy issues to real estate disputes. Unlike other law school clinics serving veterans, Baylor Law provides a referral service for continuing legal services through pro bono attorneys. And in some instances, the clinic takes on cases in-house, with students helping see the case all the way through to resolution.
Since 2012, over 1,900 veterans and their families have received legal assistance through the clinic. But the rewards don’t end there. Having the chance to do substantive, practical work while helping veterans lessen their burdens provides an eye-opening experience for students. Most come away having enhanced their lawyering skills and enter practice with a passion for pro bono work and a newfound appreciation for those who sacrifice in the service of our nation to defend the rule of law.
Applicants for services must qualify under the income guidelines provided by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, which stipulates 200% of the federal poverty line and below. The clinic provides legal advice and services to veterans and their spouses in McLennan County and its surrounding counties: Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Hill, and Limestone
Heart of Texas One Stop, 2010 La Salle Avenue, Waco, TX
For more information, please get in touch with clinic director Joshua G. Borderud.