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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Top Law Schools For Tax

TaxTop Law Schools for Tax, Business, Banking and Corporate Law, preLaw (Fall 2017):

Tax law touches nearly every aspect of the law and is critical to the practice of corporate law, estate planning, business planning and property law. For lawyers with specialized knowledge of tax law, the ubiquity of state and federal tax codes presents the opportunity for a challenging and rewarding career. 

Many law schools offer advanced law degrees, or LL.M. degrees, in tax law, which can be extremely valuable to employers. But law students do not need to wait until after earning their J.D.s to pursue this practice area. A number of law schools offer concentrations, certificates, clinics and externships designed to prepare students to enter the profession with a solid understanding of tax law.

preLaw magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of their curricular offerings. The scores were weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for a center, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group and 5% for a certificate. An A represents a score of 90% or higher, an A- is 78% to 89% and a B+ is 72% to 77%.

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Sorry, I am not impressed by this methodology. The old saying is "garbage in, garbage out", that is, if you feed relatively meaningless data into an algorithm, you will get relatively meaningless results. I suppose I could come up with a formula for grading great literature, feed in the data, and come up with a similar list that would largely by coincidence include a few great pieces of literature. It takes a much more sophisticated approach to grade law schools.

Posted by: Victor Thuronyi | Dec 13, 2017 12:28:38 PM