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September 21, 2023 Young Lawyers Corner

Save the Date: 23rd Annual Law Student Tax Challenge (2023-2024)

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 2024 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.

Law Student Tax Challenge Information Session

Want to learn more about the ABA Tax Section’s Law Student Tax Challenge? Join us on Thursday, September 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET to hear from past winners and coaches on their experiences, how they prepared for the competition, and tips/tricks for those entering. Register here.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Problem Release Date: September 1, 2023, released by 5pm EST
  • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2023, by or before 5pm EST
  • Semi-Finalists and Finalist Notified: December 5, 2023
  • Oral Round Competition & Awards: January 19, 2024

SUPPORT THE LAW STUDENT TAX CHALLENGE

Help ensure the 2023–2024 Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC) is successful and volunteer. We are looking to fill the positions listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the below positions please reach out to the LSTC Competition Co-Chairs, Eman Cuyler ([email protected]) and Scott Woody ([email protected]).

  • Day-of Chairs (attendance at the Midyear Tax Meeting in San Francisco, CA required)
  • Written Round Judges
  • Oral Round Timers (attendance at the Midyear Tax Meeting in San Francisco, CA required)