Tax Certificate of Concentration

Tax Certificate of Concentration

A basic understanding of the law of federal taxation is a valuable asset upon entering the legal profession.  The Tax Law Concentration is intended to provide students the opportunity to pursue a focused and integrated course of study regarding federal tax law.  Graduates with the Tax Law Concentration find employment opportunities as tax, business, or estate planning specialists in private firms.  Accounting firms, corporations, real estate entities, charitable organizations, and state and federal governmental agencies are also interested in graduates with a strong background in federal taxation.

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume.  This application should be submitted at the earliest stages of your planning but, in no event, after the add/drop deadline of your final law-school term. 

Requirements & Curriculum

Students must complete the required core courses designated below.  The balance of the required units must be selected from the elective list below.  If both Business Planning and Taxation of Business Entities are successfully completed, all six units earned will count toward the completion of the Tax Law Concentration.  With prior approval, the Director of the Tax Law Concentration may vary the requirements of this program in individual cases for good cause.  Twelve units are required for the completion of the Tax Law Concentration.

12 units minimum required for completion of Concentration
CORE COURSES (complete both courses)UNITS
LAW 300Federal Income Taxation3
Complete One:
LAW 210Business Planning2-3
LAW 310Taxation of Business Entities3
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete two courses)
LAW 302Estate and Gift Tax/Estate Planning3
LAW 340Tax Practice and Procedure2
LAW 325Taxation of Real Estate Transactions3
LAW 375U.S. Taxation of International Transactions3
Externship or Legal Clinic with a tax law focus (only one - advanced written approval required)3-4


Professor Christine Manolakas, Faculty Director, Tax Concentration: | 916.739.7110