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Experiential Learning in a Lecture Class: Exposing Students to the Skill of Giving Useful Tax Advice


Heather M. Field


University of California Hastings College of the Law

January 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Tax Review, 2012

Abstract:     
As our students continue to enter a legal profession that is changing and as the models for the delivery of legal services continue to evolve, so should our pedagogy. Thus, the modest objective of this piece is to share my experience, and offer some thoughts, about developing and integrating practice-oriented experiential modules into tax lecture courses. This article explains and reflects upon two exercises that I have used to provide students with opportunities to play the role of a lawyer in transactional tax planning settings. Both exercises are intended to help students begin to see how they can turn their growing substantive knowledge into “useful tax advice.” By “useful tax advice,” I mean informative and understandable advice that comprehensively addresses the client’s economic objectives (including, but not limited to the client’s tax objectives) and that gives the client a clear appreciation of the benefits and risks of a tax-related business decision; as a result of this advice, the client should be able to make an educated choice.

I hope that others can use, and hopefully improve upon, the exercises discussed herein. Moreover, I hope that, when creating and implementing experiential modules in their classes, others can use my reflections to avoid my mistakes and build on my successes. Ultimately, I hope that I can make even a small contribution to the development of the professoriate and to our collective endeavor of helping law students become lawyers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 53

Keywords: tax law, partnership tax, corporate tax, experiential learning, tax planning, tax advising, tax advice, pedagogy, teaching

JEL Classification: K34, K10, H20, H25, A23, I20

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Date posted: January 15, 2012 ; Last revised: December 31, 2012

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Field, Heather M., Experiential Learning in a Lecture Class: Exposing Students to the Skill of Giving Useful Tax Advice (January 14, 2012). Pittsburgh Tax Review, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1985269

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Heather M. Field (Contact Author)
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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