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Law Student Tax Challenge Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your volunteer applications for the 2024-2025 Law Student Tax Challenge! We will have updates soon. 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”.

Volunteer Info Session

Interested in volunteering? We recently held a Volunteer Info Session! View the recording below.

Available Volunteer Positions

  • Problem Drafters (2 for J.D.; 2 for LL.M) –The Problem Drafters are responsible for drafting a tax-related problem that can be addressed in a 10-page memorandum, which usually consists of 3-6 issues for either the J.D. or LL.M competition. The drafters work with volunteer law professors and technical coordinators who review the problem. They also draft a Written Round Grading Rubric and Oral Round Bench Brief to be reviewed by the Technical Coordinator.
    • *Anticipated time commitment: 30-40 hours
  • Technical Coordinators (1 J.D.; 1 LL.M) – Assist the Competition Co-Chairs with the competition and review the J.D. and LL.M problems for overall technical consistency, which may include coordinating review of other technical experts. The Technical Coordinator ensures the Written Round Grading Rubric and the Oral Round Bench Brief are accurate, technically correct, and presented in a professional manner.
    • Anticipated time commitment: 15-20 hours
  • Written Round Judges (approximately 30-40) – Each Written Round Judge reviews 3-6 submissions, grades the papers against the Written Round Grading Rubric, and provides the grades to the Written Round Judging Chair by the deadline (generally in mid-November). There are two rounds of grading – a Written Round Judge may grade in one or both rounds. Note: A Drafter is not permitted to grade the problem he or she drafted. Please note, a higher number of Written Round Judges that volunteer equates to less work for each volunteer.  Think proactively and get a friend to volunteer as well.
    • Anticipated time commitment: 10-15 hours
  • Marketing Chairs (3-4) – The Marketing Chairs coordinate between the LSTC and law schools to make sure that professors are aware of and interested in promoting the LSTC to their students. This includes developing promotional materials, a marketing strategy for the competition, and expanding and maintaining the LSTC contact list for law school professors. While the Competition Co-Chairs help, the Marketing Chairs are the primary contact for professors, students, and others who express interest in this year’s LSTC.
    • Anticipated time commitment: 10-15 hours
  • Written Round Judging Chair(s) (2) – The Written Round Judging Chairs help to coordinate judging by working with the Drafters and Technical Coordinators to develop the Written Round Grading Rubric, making sure each entry is graded, and tracking scores. Written Round Judging Chairs are also responsible for helping recruit and coordinate the Written Round Judges.
    • Anticipated time commitment: 15-20 hours
  • Oral Round Judging Chairs (2) – The Oral Round Grading Chairs work with the Competition Co-Chairs to identify judges for the Oral Rounds. Generally, each panel includes a U.S. Tax Court Judge as well as two or three seasoned practitioners. The Oral Round Chair is responsible for coordinating with the Day of Chair and Oral Round Judges to ensure they have all the necessary information, including the Bench Brief, prior to the competition at the Mid- Year Meeting. It is helpful, but not a requirement, for the Oral Round Grading Chair to attend the Midyear Meeting.
    • Anticipated time commitment:  10-15 hours
  • Day-of Chairs (2) – The Day-of Chair is in charge of logistics during the Friday Oral Rounds at the Midyear Meeting. This includes getting the teams in and out of the proper rooms, coordinating timely scoring with the Oral Round Judges, and serving as a resource for participants and their coaches. The Day-of Chair also is responsible for identifying Oral Round Timers for each Oral Round Panel. NOTE: Attendance at the Midyear Meeting is required.
    • Anticipated time commitment – coordinating prior to the Day-of: 1-5 hours
    • Anticipated time commitment – during Midyear Meeting: 8 hours
  • Oral Round Judges (approximately 12-15) – Oral Round Judges will participate on panels of 3-4 judges and will evaluate the law students’ oral defense of their findings.  Previous experience as a judge (LSTC or in professional capacity) or as a tax controversy litigator is extremely preferred.  Oral Rounds will be provided a bench brief addressing the issues prior to the Oral Round.
    • Anticipated time commitment – reviewing the bench brief:  1-2 hours
    • Anticipated time commitment – judging the competition at the Midyear Meeting: 3-4 hours
  • Oral Round Timers (4-6) – Oral Round Timers work with the Oral Round Judges and Day-of Chair(s) to provide the official time for each team. We ask that each Oral Round Timer stay for all 3-4 teams presenting before each Oral Round Judging Panel to ensure consistent treatment for each team. The competition lasts approximately 3 hours, and there are both morning and afternoon slots. NOTE: Attendance at the Midyear Meeting is required.
    • Anticipated time commitment: 3-5 hours.

*All anticipated time commitments are based on time commitments in prior years. Additional (or less) time may be required for the current year.