Tax attorneys save individuals and businesses time, money and peace of mind by navigating complex paperwork, resolving financially damaging audits and ensuring that corporate transactions are executed ethically and in accordance with tax laws.

Program Overview

As a tax attorney, you’ll resolve IRS conflicts and assist clients with deductions and tax credits crucial to their financial stability. The knowledge you’ll gain and skill sets you’ll develop in our program will make you indispensable, not only to law firms but to government agencies, accounting firms and businesses of all types. You’ll study the structure of the current income tax system and become familiar with statutes, regulations, case law and legislative history, and apply them to tax planning and tax controversies. You’ll also consider the importance of tax policy and ethics. 

You can choose to combine this concentration with another of the seven we offer, such as intellectual property or family law, to broaden your career options. And, you can put your skills into practice with our Tax Clinic, the oldest continuously operating clinic in the country, or by assisting community residents with income tax preparation with our Tax Law Society’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Curriculum and Requirements

Required Coursework
In order to qualify for the Tax Concentration, a student must take:

  • Federal Income Tax
  • Business Organizations*
  • Trusts and Estates or Real Estate Transactions
  • Advanced Individual Income Tax
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • Tax Research

Note that some of these courses will satisfy the "core course" requirement.

*The concentration director may approve substitution of Business Planning for Business Organizations.

Clinical Requirement
A student must also complete the Tax Clinic or an externship of at least three credits (not including the seminar portion of either course). The director of the concentration may waive IRC as a requirement for the Tax Clinic. If a student does choose to enroll in IRC, credits for it will not count toward the clinical requirement.

The concentration director may waive the clinical requirement if the student has substantial tax law work experience. If the director waives the clinical requirement, the student must earn an additional five credits from the list of elective courses in order to qualify for the concentration.

Elective Courses
A student must also complete at least eight credits from the following list of tax-related courses (not all of these are offered every year):

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Advanced Business Planning
  • Advanced Corporate Tax
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Analytical Methods
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Planning**
  • Corporate Finance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Estate and Financial Planning
  • Family Law
  • Gift and Estate Tax
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Tax
  • Law and Economics
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Real Estate Transactions***
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Policy
  • Tax Procedure
  • Trusts and Estates

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