Tax Law

KU Law offers a variety of courses that allow students to develop expertise in tax law.


For students interested in pursuing a career in tax law, KU Law offers a comprehensive selection of courses that cover the most substantive areas of tax law and practice. Students can also earn the Tax Law Certificate and gain tax law practice skills through the Field Placement Program. Each spring, KU Law students prepare tax returns for community members through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The school’s faculty in tax law includes full-time and adjunct professors with expertise spanning tax law, economics, estate planning and business law.

Tax Law Curriculum Guide

Recommended Upper-Level Courses:

  • Business Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning: Practice
  • Estate Planning: Principles
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Tax Procedure
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises

Related Courses:

Tax law students round out their course of study by choosing from a wide array of business and corporate law offerings. Even students who do not concentrate in tax law benefit from having taken tax courses. Students are encouraged to complete courses that, while not specifically tax-related, are heavily impacted by tax considerations. Those courses include:

  • Business Organizations
  • Introduction to Elder Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Trusts and Estates

Course descriptions

Students who complete the Tax Law Certificate are ready to meet a growing demand for attorneys with tax expertise. Courses cover the basic principles of taxation and finer points of tax law and practice.

KU Law students gain practical experience in tax law and tax preparation by participating in an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Each year, KU Law students prepare hundreds of tax returns for members of the KU and Lawrence communities. The work is purely pro bono and results in hundreds of hours of public service performed by KU students.

Related student groups include:

In addition to full-time faculty, KU Law’s adjunct faculty offer expertise and teach courses in estate planning, business law and elder law. The school’s faculty in business and commercial law teach related courses.

Full faculty list


Stephen Mazza
Dean and Professor of Law