19th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2019-2020)
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's 2020 Midyear Meeting, January 30-February 1, in Boca Raton, Florida, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges representing the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including Tax Court judges.
The competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Forum, 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.
- Problem Release Date: September 4, 2019, released by 5pm EST
- Submission Deadline: November 6, 2019, by or before 5pm EST
- Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: December 18, 2019
- Semifinal and Final Oral Defense Rounds: January 31, 2020 in Boca Raton, FL