Explore Tax Law

Understand the legal regulations surrounding taxation.

The financial decisions of a business, organization, or government revolve around Tax Law and its implications. At Oregon Law you learn the legal regulations of taxation through detailed coursework and practical skills training. Though our in-depth program, you will learn taxation on a federal, state, and local level, setting you up to become the best corporate attorney, family attorney, government employee, or a private sector employee making financial and transactional decisions.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

Tax lawyer for a law firm
Tax lawyer for a government department, from the IRS to the DOJ  - or your hometown city council
Tax law expert for an accounting firm
Estate planning or exempt organizations lawyer
Tax Law LLM programs


Selected Tax Law Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
 •  Torts
 •  Contracts
 •  Civil Procedure
 •  Constitutional Law I
 •  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
 •  Required and recommended bar prep courses
 •  Federal Income Tax I
 •  Federal Income Tax II
 •  Trusts & Estates I
 •  International Taxation
 •  Administrative Law
 •  Business Associations
 •  Commercial Law Survey

THIRD YEAR (3L)
 •  Required and recommended bar prep courses
 •  Estate and Gift Tax
 •  Tax Policy Seminar
 •  Nonprofit Organizations
 •  Accounting for Lawyers
 •  Bankruptcy
 •  Legal Profession
 •  Constitutional Law II

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Core Faculty

Roberta Mann
Tax law expert;
Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel; 
Council Director for ABA Tax Section; 
Former staff member of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation

Susan Gary
Supervises Nonprofit Clinic;
Estate law expert;
Academic Fellow and Regent of the American College of the Trust and Estate Counsel

Nancy Shurtz
An authority in the areas of business tax law and tax policy;
Editor of the ABA's Real Property, Probate, and Trust section

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Practical Skills Training 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
 •  Legal Research and Writing (It's the #4 program in the country!)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
 •  Externships with either Oregon Tax Court or the IRS
 •  Tax Planning and Drafting

THIRD YEAR (3L)
 •  Estate Planning
 •  Contract Drafting

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
 •  Suzanne Rowe
 •  Elizabeth Frost
 •  Megan McAlpin
 •  Joan Rocklin

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Professional Development 

At Oregon Law, we take your future seriously. As a law student, you will take a required professional development seminar your first year, and you will receive individualized, tailored professional development coaching from a professional who will guide you to make strong career choices throughout your time at Oregon Law. 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
 •  Professional Development Seminar
 •  Explore tax law practice areas
 •  Meet with career counselor
 •  Summer experiences: Oregon or U.S. Tax Court Summer Clerk; Legal Aid Low-Income Tax Clinic
 •  Join ABA Tax Section and Real Property, Trust and Estate Section

SECOND YEAR (2L)
 •  Narrow career exploration to specific employers/ locations
 •  Seek out networking opportunities
 •  Tax law summer internship
 •  Summer experience, examples: IRS Office of Chief Counsel Summer Clerk
 •  Accounting Firm Summer Clerk

THIRD YEAR (3L)
 •  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

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Tax Law Extracurriculars

FIRST YEAR (1L)
 •  Join the Tax, Trusts & Estate student group (TTE)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
 •  National Tax Moot Court Competition
 •  ABA Law Student Tax Challenge
 •  Tax Notes Student Writing Competition

THIRD YEAR (3L)
 •  Federal Bar Association Tax Writing Award
 •  Tannenwald Competition Tax Writing Award

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