How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Tax Lawyer

Everyone is subject to taxes, so tax attorneys stay in great demand. A tax attorney understands the complexities of tax law and helps clients with their tax problems and in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

A tax attorney offers assistance with preparing for an audit from the IRS and provides advice on how to avoid an audit. Tax lawyers also deal with liens, personal debt, real estate and inheritance issues. Companies and individuals hire tax attorneys to avoid penalties for failing to pay taxes and not abiding by the law because of lack of legal knowledge.

1. Get a college or university education. Though most schools say they will admit students with any educational background, think of your future career as a tax attorney when choosing your major. You will deal with the intricate world of taxes, so choosing a major in business can work in your favor. While doing your undergraduate studies, take public speaking classes and develop your writing skills. Graduate and earn your Bachelor’s degree.

2. Prepare for the LSAT. The Law School Admission Test, administered by the Law School Admission Council, offers law schools a common ground for evaluation of prospective students. The LSAT has five sections: logical reasoning, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, an unscored section and a writing sample. Most of the sections involve multiple choice questions, and you’ll have 35 minutes to complete them—except for the writing sample, which you have to complete in 30 minutes. You need to get used to the types of questions you’ll face beforehand in order to get a good score. Purchase study materials and take a few months to prepare.

3. Get into law school. Most law schools will look at your school records, GPA and LSAT score. Some schools also ask for letters of recommendation, essays or short answer questions, extracurricular activities and community work. Ensure you fill in all the necessary forms, attach other required documents, and pay the application fee. Do all this before the established deadline. Most law schools will not accept incomplete files or applications sent after the deadline.

4. The law school will most likely have a “fixed” curriculum for the first half of your studies. Once you can choose your courses, go for tax law and everything related to the profession of tax attorney. Your teachers can offer you guidance if you need it. Understand that you will have to study a lot to pass exams.

5. You will graduate from law school after three years in a full-time program or after four or five years in a part-time program. If you graduate from an American Bar Association-approved law school, you’ll have the right to sit for the bar exam in your state. Once you pass the bar exam, you can work as a certified lawyer and look for a job as a tax attorney. Send in your resume to local law firms and practice patience.