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September 21, 2021 Young Lawyers Corner

Save the Date: 21st Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2021-2022)

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 are invited to attend the Section of Taxation's Midyear Tax Meeting, 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 7, 2021, released by 5pm ET

Submission Deadline: November 8, 2021, by or before 5pm ET

Notification of Semifinalists and Finalists: December 16, 2021

Virtual Semifinal and Final Oral Defense Rounds: January 12-13, 2022

2022 Midyear Tax Meeting, Orlando, FL: January 27-29, 2022


Due to continued concerns expressed by students and faculty, and for the safety of all, the LSTC Committee has opted to move the competition to a virtual format, and will NOT hold an in-person competition this year. Semi-Finalists and Finalists will compete virtually for their Oral Rounds via Zoom on January 12-13, 2022. The Section will still fully support students who wish to attend the in-person Midyear Tax Meeting in Orlando. The Section will additionally cover the semi-finalist and finalists’ travel expenses travel expenses as well as the meeting registration of their coach.