The Federal Tax Clinic course offers students an exciting opportunity to become engaged in federal tax controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court.
Students represent low-income clients in IRS examination and collection matters, including audits, offers in compromise, penalty abatements, innocent spouse claims, appeals, Tax Court cases, etc. Students also provide community outreach and education regarding tax obligations and benefits to persons with limited English proficiency, especially during tax season each year.
Read the February 2013 Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Program Report
Read more about the Federal Tax Clinic student experience in this 2012 Student Lawyer feature by the American Bar Association.
Words are not adequate to thank you and your students for coming to our aid. (The students) did an outstanding job for us and their skill is so appreciated and noted. ~Pro Se Taxpayer, U.S. Tax Court
Through case work and clinic experience, the students will have the opportunity to develop and refine skills in client interviewing, negotiations, research, and advocacy.
When I sat down with the client, I felt like an attorney for the first time in law school. ~Student, Federal Tax Clinic
Due to the initial training period, preference will be given to student applicants willing to commit to a two-semester commitment to the Tax Clinic.
Credits: 3, 4, 5, or 6 credits are available in the Federal Tax Clinic.
30 credit hours
Spring & Fall
3 credit students: 12 hours/week average
6 credit students: 24 hours/week average
3 credit students: 18 hours/week average
6 credit students: 36 hours/week average