Leaving Law School with a Job: UC Hastings Tax Law Program Produces Highly Employable Graduates | UC Hastings Law

The UC Hastings Tax Law Concentration Class of 2022 gathered for a graduation and awards ceremony in May.

By the time they graduate from law school, most UC Hastings tax law concentration students already have jobs lined up.

Emma Li, JD ’22, was offered a job at Ernst & Young before graduating last May. “All the classmates I talk to have a job before they graduate,” Li said. “I think it’s really rare for law students.”

According to Heather Field, professor of law and co-director of the UC Hastings Center on Tax Law, a broad curriculum, strong alumni network, and immersive experiential learning opportunities are among the factors that make tax law students of UC Hastings highly employable.

“Employers come here specifically to hire our tax students, including those who don’t typically hire from JD programs because they generally prefer LLM graduates,” Field said. “They come here because they know they’re getting well-prepared graduates for tax careers.

Its courses, experiential learning offerings, and career development support have helped propel UC Hastings into the top 20 tax law programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 rankings.

The curriculum includes courses in corporation and partnership tax, foreign transactions and investments, family wealth transfers, estate planning, non-profit organizations and tax collection procedures, for n to name a few. Tax law students also gain hands-on experience in courses such as the Business Tax Internship and the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

At a Tax Concentration Seminar offered each academic year, students hear from the nation’s top tax law experts and pursue their own research on topics such as how undocumented immigrants and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are taxed.

It is this broad base of knowledge that attracts representatives from major tax firms to recruit graduate students at UC Hastings.

“We think the tax students at Hastings are just fantastic,” said Hazel Dolio Tag-at, a 2002 Hastings alumnus who now works as a managing director at Andersen Tax LLC. “They have extensive experience in different aspects of taxation – from individual estate transfers to corporate, corporate and partnership donations.”

Tag-at said UC Hastings students are often seen as the best candidates for jobs at his company. “Hastings students are always well prepared – from their CV and cover letter to presenting at the interview,” she said. “I really commend the Career Development Office for continuing this strong program to prepare students for interview success.”

Nick Bondar-Netis, who graduated from UC Hastings’ tax law program in 2014 and now works as a senior executive at Ernst & Young in San Jose, said he returns to his alma mater every year to recruit graduate students. , because they have the right combination. skills, knowledge and experience to serve the clients of his firm.

“I think the tax offerings at UC Hastings focus on a lot of very practical and law enforcement topics that we often encounter in our practice,” Netis said.

Katie Kronick, JD ’21, a UC Hastings alum, credits the tax law program with helping her excel in her work as an associate attorney at McDermott Will & Emery, where she assists high net worth individuals with transfer issues patrimony, successions and the taxation of donations. She said: “I work with a group of experienced and sophisticated tax and estate planning lawyers, but I was able to adapt to the steep learning curve of ‘Big Law’ in large part due to my experience in the tax law concentration.”

As part of the Center on Tax Law’s 2022 Lecture Series, Professor Steven Dean of the Brooklyn School of Law will lecture on “For-Profit Philanthropy: Elite Power and the Threat of LLCs, Donor Advised Funds and Strategic Corporate Giving” on Tuesday, October 25. Find more information here.

Nancy I. Romero