Tax Law (Concentration)

The Tax Law Concentration is designed to provide each student in the concentration basic education in both general skills and subject-matter specific knowledge and provide each student with an opportunity to bring the entire skill set to bear in a capstone experience designed to teach integrated legal problem-solving. Completion of a concentration should improve the overall preparedness of graduates by conferring entry-level competence to begin practicing law with appropriate supervision in the concentration’s subject matter area or practice setting.

The Tax Law Concentration provides students with an in-depth course of study in the area of tax law.  The concentration emphasize skills by teaching students specialized tax research techniques, culminating in the students’ preparation of a request for a private letter ruling to the Internal Revenue Service, and focus on client interviewing and counseling techniques in a substantive tax area.

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Students will:

  • Master the ability to read and interpret complex statutes and regulations;
  • Gain an understanding of how to interview clients and make oral and written presentations to them in a clear and concise manner;
  • Learn how to research the tax consequences of complex transactional and/or estate planning deals;
  • Become familiar with procedural rules governing tax law; and
  • Understand the historical underpinnings of federal tax law and learn how to use that background to formulate tax arguments

Course Requirements

Total Credits Required: 14-17

Required Courses

Credits Required: 9-10

  • Basic Federal Income Taxation (3)
  • Business Organizations
  • Tax Planning (3) or Estate Planning (3) (capstone)

Advanced Tax Electives

Credits Required: 5-7

Students must choose two courses from the following list, and at least one of those courses must be either Corporate Taxation or Partnership Taxation.

  • Bankruptcy (3)
  • Contract Drafting (3)
  • Corporate Taxation (3)
  • Commercial Real Estate Leasing (3)
  • Deal Skills (3)
  • Elder Law (3)
  • Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (4)
  • Fiduciary Administration (2)
  • Estate Planning (if not taken as a capstone) (3)
  • International Business Transactions (3)
  • International Taxation (3)
  • Partnership Taxation (3)
  • Publicly Held Corporations (3)
  • Real Estate Finance (3)
  • Secured Transactions (3)
  • Securities Regulation (3)
  • Taxation of Property Transactions (3)
  • Tax Planning (if not taken as a capstone) (3)
  • Tax Policy (3)
  • Tax Research (2)
  • The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations (2-3)
  • Will and Trust Drafting (2)

Capstone Course (one of the following two courses is required)

Credits Required: 3

Tax Planning (3) OR Estate Planning (3)

Honors Certification

If a student obtains a cumulative grade point average of at least 90 in all courses taken for the tax concentration, he or she will receive a designation of “Tax Concentration with Honors.” Note that if a student takes more than the required courses within a certificate category, he or she may designate which course to count toward the honors designation.