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Law Student Tax Challenge Volunteer Opportunities

Please consider volunteering as a Written or Oral Round Judge 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 Midyear Meeting. Please see the position descriptions below, submit your interest via the online form by Wednesday, October 25, 2023 for the 2023-2024 LSTC. 

Contact Jennifer Phillips at [email protected] with any questions.

Available Volunteer Positions

  • Written Round Judges (approximately 25-30) – 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.
    Expected Time Commitment: 10-15 hours
  • Oral Round Judges (12)- The Oral Round Judges will work in teams of three in either the JD (nine judges needed) or LL.M.  (3 judges needed) divisions. Oral Round Judges will work either the morning or afternoon sessions and be responsible for understanding the problem, the legal conclusions, and the scoring criteria. A BENCH BRIEF WILL BE PROVIDED shortly before the Oral Rounds.  We anticipate that Oral Round Judges will need to commit 2-3 hours reviewing the problem and bench brief and approximately 3 hours judging the competition at the 2024 Midyear Tax Meeting.  Requires Attendance at 2024 Midyear Tax Meeting, January 18-20, 2024 in San Francisco, CA.
    Expected Time Commitment: TBD