An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) is organized by the Section’s Young Lawyers Form. The LSTC asks two-person teams of students to solve a 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 to the Section’s Midyear Meeting, where each team presents 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.
18th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge
Problem Release Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Submission Deadline*: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (by or before 5:00pm EST)
Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Semifinal and Oral Defense Rounds: Friday, January 18, 2019 in New Orleans, LA
*Due to the high call volume, please note that no calls will be accepted at the Section of Taxation regarding the LSTC competition on Tuesday, November 6. If you have any last minute questions, please submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 5.