Tax Law Research & Writing

Law 536



Writing Experience (WE)



This class will provide students an advanced legal research and writing opportunity in a specific substantive area of law (tax), thereby both allowing students to hone their skills in legal research and writing and gain experience with a complex statutory and regulatory scheme. Topics may include: the ethics of tax lawyering, understanding the value of tax planning, assessing the client’s needs, finding tax resources and checking currentness, addressing conflicts and weighing different tax authorities, legislative history, different modes of statutory and regulatory interpretation, developing confidence levels in providing tax planning advice for clients, and communicating tax planning advice both orally and in different written formats. The class will follow an “I do, we do, you do” model in which topics are first introduced and modeled by the professor, the class then works together on a tax planning project for a simulated client, and then the students conclude the course by working on a tax planning project in which they apply the lessons they have learned to provide written advice.

The course will build on knowledge and skills learned in Federal Income Tax and will also support students’ learning in other tax classes, including Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, and Tax Policy.

Federal Income Tax

L. Osofsky

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