Students who participate in the Tax and Transactions Clinic will gain meaningful and transferrable experience in representing individuals with tax matters and other legal matters that arise throughout the course of the representation. Tax law not only impacts the high income population, but it also transcends economic status, nationality, race, gender and age. The students in this clinic will work with clients that have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Students will have the opportunity to negotiate with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, develop strong working relationships with clients, adversaries and colleagues, and work with applicable state and federal ethical rules.
Throughout the course of the semester, students will have the opportunity to apply relevant legal theory and doctrine in client interviewing and counseling, communicate effectively with all parties orally and in writing and exercise professional judgment in all stages of representation. The clients in this clinic initially seek representation for federal and state income tax controversies and throughout the course of the representation students will also have the opportunity to assist clients in matters unrelated to the tax controversy such as basic estate planning documents and business related transactions.
A student who successfully participates in the Tax and Transactions Clinic will be able to do the following by the end of the semester:
· Identify the principles and components of effective client-centered interviewing and counseling
· Successfully negotiate with agency officials, tax professionals and lawyers
· Work independently and collaboratively depending on the needs of the case or project
· Establish meaningful long and short term client-centered goals
· Effectively allocate time and resources to carry out tasks in a professional manner
· Conduct legal research in a thorough and concise manner
· Independently learn complicated new areas of law
· Demonstrate understanding and consistent adherence to the applicable ethical rules
· Develop methods of peer review and critique, self-evaluation and reflection