An Introduction to Tax Careers for J.D.s

ABA TAX TIMES, Vol. 38, No., 3, Spring 2019

UC Hastings Research Paper No. 322

6 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2019 Last revised: 1 Oct 2019

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Heather M. Field

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: June 14, 2019

Abstract

To many people, the tax field seems like a very narrow niche. The tax profession does require specialized expertise, but tax professionals know that there is actually great diversity in the career paths available to law school graduates. Yet for law students and junior lawyers interested in the tax field, it can be difficult to appreciate the range of possible tax careers and to distinguish between what different tax practitioners do. Thus, to help aspiring tax professionals easily understand the range of tax careers they might pursue, this article offers a 3-pronged framework for describing tax careers available to J.D.s. There are some more comprehensive resources available to help aspiring tax professionals plan their careers, but many law students and junior lawyers who are just beginning to consider the possibility of pursuing tax could benefit from a concise and accessible introduction to tax law careers. That is what this article provides.

Keywords: tax, careers, tax practice, tax law, legal education, tax education, tax practice

JEL Classification: K34

Suggested Citation

Field, Heather M., An Introduction to Tax Careers for J.D.s (June 14, 2019). ABA TAX TIMES, Vol. 38, No., 3, Spring 2019; UC Hastings Research Paper No. 322. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3416936

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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