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Tax Law Certificate

The Tax Law Certificate Program will offer students concentrated and advanced exposure to tax law, policy, and practice and will help students launch careers in tax law. The certificate is awarded upon completion of at least 15 units of tax-related courses, and a substantial research paper on a tax-related topic. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in graded certificate classes.

Tax Law Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the Tax Law Certificate students are required to take Federal Income Taxation as well as one of the transactional tax courses: Corporate Taxation, Taxation of Partnerships and LLCs, or International Aspects of U.S. Taxation. The remaining units may be fulfilled by any combination of Foundation and Elective courses as described below. Students also may petition the tax law faculty supervisors for certificate credit in Tax Law related courses and activities which are not explicitly listed.

Independent or Group Study and Externships

Students may satisfy up to 6 units of the required 15 units through a tax-related independent writing project, externship, or a combination of the two. However, no more than 4 of those units may come from an externship. Any Group Study or Independent Writing Project must be approved by at least one tax law faculty member. A paper written for group study will not satisfy the writing requirement without prior approval from a supervising tax law faculty member.

Writing Requirement

Students must complete a writing-requirement-quality paper pertaining to a tax-related topic, approved by a tax professor, and conducted through a seminar, an independent study, or law review. The paper must develop and defend a thesis, and demonstrate original research, thought, and analysis. Students writing a paper outside the context of a seminar must consult early with a supervising faculty member on paper topics, and must submit a proposed topic to the supervising faculty member by September of their third year of law school, and must also submit a detailed outline of the paper by December of their third year. Specific deadlines should be established with your tax law faculty advisor.

Tax Law Foundation Courses

Tax Law Elective Courses

* Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis. Not all courses will be taught in any given year. Please check the Course Descriptions webpage for current course offerings.

Tax Law Certificate Form

Upon satisfying the above requirements, students should complete the Tax Law Certificate Form , and have one of the tax law faculty sign off and return the form to the Law School Registrar's Office.

Tax Law Faculty

Associated Tax Law Faculty

  • James Leet (Boutin Jones)
  • James Lowy (Ernst & Young and Sheppard Mullin)
  • Silvio Reggiardo (Downey Brand)
  • B.J. Susich (King Hall '06; Boutin Jones)