The Tax Clinic serves the dual purpose of providing tax justice for taxpayers in need of representation and preparing students to become practicing attorneys. Students will represent taxpayers with the goal of maximizing financial wellbeing and protecting taxpayer rights. Representation will include matters involving many of the issues listed in our Taxpayer Resources page. In the course of this representation, students will learn substantive and procedural tax law common to tax clinic cases. Students are responsible for all aspects of their cases. Students will gain experience with client interviewing and counseling, case planning and research, fact investigation, drafting, resolving ethical dilemmas, negotiations, and, occasionally, litigation. Students are also required to attend a weekly seminar.
Because the Tax Clinic teaches lawyering skills applicable across numerous practice areas, students are encouraged to enroll whether they have an existing interest in tax law and practice or simply seek an immersive law practice experience through which they can learn valuable skills that are highly transferrable.
The Tax Clinic is open to second and third year law students and is a six-credit per semester clinic. Participation in the Tax Clinic requires approval based on an application. If you have questions about enrolling in the Tax Clinic, please contact Professor Sonya Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.