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Boots On the Ground

MU’s newest legal clinic helps U.S. military veterans.

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Keeping with its tradition giving future lawyers practical experience, in 2014 the MU School of Law introduced the MU Veterans Clinic. The clinic allows students to provide legal representation for U.S. military veterans and their families who seek benefits through the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

The supervising attorney, Angela Drake, is a self-proclaimed “army brat” whose father was killed in the Vietnam War when she was 10. Drake, a lawyer in Springfield, Missouri, and the Kansas City area before she joined MU as an adjunct professor in 2012, oversees eight students who handle up to 30 cases per semester.

“When you can use those skills to help someone who has helped our nation, that’s a pretty cool thing,” Drake says.

To offer even more support for Tigers in uniform, Mizzou announced in June 2015 it will offer a 10 percent tuition award for all military veterans and personnel, as well as their dependent spouses and children.