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Law Student Tax Challenge Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When and how is the problem released?

The problem will be released in early September. The exact date will be posted on the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) homepage. Once the problem is released you will be able to download/view a PDF version.

Is there an entry form?

There is not an entry form for the Law Student Tax Challenge. Once you complete your written product submission you will submit a participant information form so that we have your contact details.

Is there a fee to enter?

No, there is no fee to enter the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC).

How do I enter the competition?

There are only 2 steps to enter the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) and they can both be done at the same time, in fact, we prefer it to be done in this way. Complete your written product and submit following the instructions on the website and within the official rules of the competition. Once you complete that submission you will complete a participant information form so that we have your contact details, that’s it! 

Do I have to be a student member of the ABA to participate?

No, you do not have to be a current student member of the ABA or Tax Section to participate but once you enter the competition we will sign you up for a free membership in both the ABA and Tax Section. Learn all the benefits of membership here.

I have a question specific to the problem, can you answer it?

You may email any questions to [email protected] but we are unable to offer answers to substantive questions, in those cases you will need to consider the problem “as written”.

When will we be notified if we are selected?

Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified in mid-December. The exact date will be posted on the Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) homepage.

If I cannot attend the semi-final and final rounds in person at the Midyear Tax Meeting, what happens?

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), reasonable accommodations for qualifying circumstances are available. If you believe you qualify for an ADA exception, please let the competition administrator know in advance. Otherwise, we are unable to accommodate requests for individual oral round defense substitutions. Participants are strongly urged to confirm they can attend the Midyear meeting with employers prior to submitting their work product.