Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Law Student Tax Challenge? Find answers to the most common questions here.
How Does the Challenge Work?
An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) is organized by the Section’s Young Lawyers Forum. 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.
Law Student Tax Challenge Volunteers
Please consider volunteering for the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC). The LSTC is an annual competition sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA Tax Section. Students compete in teams of two in either the J.D. or LL.M. division to draft a memorandum and client letter analyzing a complex tax problem. The top six (6) J.D. teams and the top four (4) LL.M. teams advance to the oral competition round, where they present their analyses before a panel of 3-5 judges who will act as “senior partners” or “clients”. The competition is held annually in person at the ABA Tax Section’s 2024 Midyear Tax Meeting, January 18-20, 2024.
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Want to learn more about the ABA Tax Section's Law Student Tax Challenge? Hear from past J.D. and LL.M. winners and coaches about their experiences, how they prepared for the competition, and tips/tricks for those entering.
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