ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.  Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL.M. Division receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting, January 28-30 in Los Angeles, CA, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country's top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges. The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. On average, more than 60 teams compete in the J.D. Division and more than 40 teams compete in the LL .M. Division.

The Semi-finalists for the J.D. Division are as follows:
Team 37Team 46
Team 60Team 45
Team 55Team 48
The Finalists for the LL.M. Division are as follows:
Team 6Team 11
Team 13Team 15

J.D. ProblemLL.M. Problem
J.D. Entry FormLL.M. Entry Form

  • Problem Release Date: September 8, 2015 released by or before 5pm EST
  • Submission Deadline: November 6, 2015 by or before 5pm EST
  • Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: December 18, 2015
  • Semifinal and Final Oral Defense Rounds: January 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

For examples of the "Best Written" winners from past competitions, please click here.

LSTC Listserve

To sign up for the LSTC Listserve, please create an online account and forward your ABA ID# from the confirmation email to jesse.tsai@americanbar.org or taxlserve@americanbar.org.