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Tax Law Concentration Requirements

The program requirements are:

Foundational Course (Required)

  • Federal Income Tax (4 credits)

Elective Courses (6 credits required)

  • Corporate Tax (3 credits)
  • Critical Tax Theory Seminar (2 credits)
  • Partnership Tax (3 credits)
  • Employee Benefits (3 credits)
  • Estate & Gift Tax (3 credits)
  • Estate Planning (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting for Lawyers (1 credit)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • Federal Tax Practice & Procedure (2 credits)
  • Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations (2 credits)
  • State & Local Tax (2 credits)
  • Tax Policy Seminar (3 credits)
  • Pittsburgh Tax Review (1 credit)*

Skills Component (3 credits required)

  • Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (3 credits)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • Tax Law Moot Court Competition (1 credit)
  • Externship in the area of tax law (4 credits)
  • Semester in DC externship in the area of tax law (10 credits)
  • Tax Controversy Practice (3 credits)

Current Course Offerings

Foundational Course (Required)

Required First-Year Courses

Federal Income Taxation
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Fall Term 2020-2021

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4
Spring Term 2020-2021

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4

Elective Courses (6 credits required)

Electives

Choose courses from this list of electives.

Corporate Taxation
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Spring Term 2020-2021

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3
Estate and Gift Tax
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Fall Term 2020-2021

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3
Estate Planning
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Spring Term 2020-2021

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2
International Tax
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Spring Term 2020-2021

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3
Introduction to Accounting for Lawyers
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Fall Term 2020-2021

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1
Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations
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Spring Term 2020-2021

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2
Partnership Tax
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Fall Term 2020-2021

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3
Pittsburgh Tax Review
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Fall Term 2020-2021

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1
Spring Term 2020-2021 1
State and Local Tax
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Spring Term 2020-2021 2

Skills Component (3 credits required)

Related Courses

Low-Income Tax Clinic
Term Class Schedule Professor(s) Course Credits
Fall Term 2020-2021

Professor

Professor

3
Spring Term 2020-2021

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Professor

3
International Tax
Term Class Schedule Professor(s) Course Credits
Spring Term 2020-2021

Professor

3

Graduate-Level Courses Outside the Law School

All Pitt Law students may take a maximum of six credits of graduate-level courses outside the School of Law for credit toward their JD degree.  Courses that are especially relevant are those offered by the Master of Science in Accounting program in the Katz Graduate School of Business, especially for those who might be interested in working as a tax lawyer at an accounting firm after graduation. See https://www.katz.business.pitt.edu/academics/master-science/ms-accounting for more information on this program and the courses offered as part of the program. For advice about taking courses outside the law school, you may wish to consult the Tax Law Concentration Program Director.