A tax lawyer can represent private interests or the government in litigation or in transactional matters. Tax lawyers can practice both federal and state tax law. Tax lawyers representing clients often advise clients on the best way to structure transactions or financial affairs to minimize or reduce taxes. Tax lawyers representing the government will often be involved in interpreting or drafting tax legislation or may review transactions attempting to discover any abuse. Tax lawyers may also litigate matters between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.

A tax lawyer may work in several different specializations including business tax planning, tax litigation, estate planning, non-profit law and employee benefits. Tax attorneys can work in a variety of industries including both large and small firms, the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Court, the Treasury Department, the Justice Department, state government, accounting firms and in-house positions. The following course suggestions can be tailored if a student would like to specialize in a specific area of tax law.

Core Courses

Basic Federal Income Taxation
Estate and Gift Taxation
Tax Practice and Procedure
Taxation of Business Entities

Recommended Courses

Accounting for Lawyers
Administrative Law
Advanced Partnership Tax
Bankruptcy Introduction
Commercial Law Survey
Corporate Finance
ERISA and Retirement Plans
Estate Planning
Federal Taxation of Property Transactions
International Tax Law
LLC, Partnership and Agency
Securities Regulation
Tax Practice and Procedure
Taxation of Business Entities
Taxation of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Trusts and Estates

JD/LLM in taxation

Extracurricular tax opportunities:

There are several pro bono opportunities for students in Tax Law including the Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign with the City of Boston.

Competition Teams: The law school has a Tax Moot Court Team which participates in tax moot court competitions. In addition, the Tannenwald Competition is a written competition open to students. If a student is interested in participating he or she should contact a member of the tax faculty.

Suffolk Business Law Association : A student organization for students interested in practicing business law in a variety of contexts.


Tax law is the primary focus for Professors Carter Bishop, Meredith Conway, William Corbett and Anthony Polito.