Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s tax law program received an “A-” grade in the article “Top Schools for Taxation” in the most recent issue of preLaw magazine.
Of the 109 schools identified by preLaw as offering concentrations or certificates in tax law, two received “A” grades, with nine additional schools, including Chapman, earning an “A-.” The publication based its rankings on the breadth of the schools’ tax programs.
Professor George Willis, the Director of the Tax Law Emphasis Program, said, “With a tax faculty that includes case book authors, and a wide range of tax-related courses including hands-on experience in both trial and appellate level tax clinics, our tax program has grown in stature nationally.”
Chapman students have multiple opportunities to prepare for a future in tax law. They may earn a certificate in taxation in the law school’s Tax Law Emphasis Program or participate in one of the law school’s pro bono tax law clinics. Students may also participate in prestigious externships with the IRS, Department of Justice or with law and accounting firms. In addition, they may join the law school’s Tax Law Society, a student organization offering tax-related presentations and networking opportunities with tax law professionals in the community.
“The faculty and students of Chapman University Fowler School of Law are honored to be selected among the top taxation law schools,” said Professor Frank Doti, a member of the school’s tax law faculty. “Since 1997, our Tax Law Emphasis Program has prepared students in tax law clinical programs, and competitions such as the American Bar Association’s ‘Tax Law Challenge’ and, of course, prepared our graduates for tax law careers. The tax faculty has published taxation law articles and education aids to enhance the legal profession.”
In addition to the JD Tax Law Emphasis certificate, the school offers an LL.M. in Taxation degree with a variety of specialized courses, including advanced courses in estate planning not available in many tax programs.