Paul L. Caron

Monday, April 28, 2014

How to Choose a School for Tax Law

preLaw Magazine (Spring 2014):  How to Choose a School for Tax Law:

Tax LawIf there's one law specialty with staying power, this is it.

"Tax law affects every aspect of our lives, from deeply personal decisions, like marriage, child care, education and housing, to esoteric topics, like cross-border deals and complex financial transactions," said Victor Fleischer, a professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Heather Field, an expert in tax law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, believes the field has enduring strengths.  "As I tell my students, as long as our federal, state and local governments continue to operate, they will need money," she said.  As long as our governments need money, there will be taxes.  And as long as there are taxes, taxpayers will want to pay as little as possible, and governments will want to collect as much as possible, which means that both taxpayers and governments will need tax lawyers."

preLaw lists the law schools with:

  • Tax Certificate Programs (14 law schools)
  • Tax Centers (8 law schools)
  • Tax Clinics (27 law schools)
  • Tax Externships (42 law schools)

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