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Veterans Affairs Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-786-001)
Karen Kennerly


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This course will cover the substance and procedure of the uniquely pro-claimant veterans benefits system. Veterans law is a form of administrative law and this course will examine traditional issues of administrative law such as regulatory interpretation and deference to agency rules. However, because of its isolation from judicial review for over 200 years, the system has procedures with no direct analogies to other legal areas and different approaches to familiar legal issues. This course will consider the history and politics of veterans benefits and explore the friction between the system’s ideals and the burdens of processing over one million claims a year. In particular, it will examine several lenses for interpreting veterans law including veteran friendliness versus deference to the agency, formalism versus realism, and rules versus standards.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Veterans Law: Cases and Theory by James D. Ridgway (2nd ed. West Academic Publishing 2022).

First Class Readings

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