The Tax Law Institute enrolls a very diverse group in terms of age, ethnicity, and professional background. While there are always a few individuals who come to us from professional programs in law and accounting, the majority of our participants are seasoned CPAs, EAs and IRS-registered tax professionals with 10-to-20 years of practice experience. Law school graduates, e.g. LLMs and JDs are also becoming regular participants in our Program. Below is a written explanation of our Enrollment Criteria:
- While we prefer that Applicants have at least several years experience in the tax field, some who apply have no experience whatsoever and typically never worked in a tax job, but they have a desire to do so. We do not shut our doors to these individuals. On the contrary, we welcome these individuals for counseling and sometimes offer scholarship assistance to get them prepared, especially young people finishing their last year of college or enrolled in a graduate program in accounting. The highly specialized nature of our Program does not allow a person interested in a career in the tax industry to explore and study the tax laws through our Program.
- For the non-attorneys, our Program offers a comprehensive preparatory course of study to gain admission to the United States Tax Court Bar. Our practical and easy-to-understand US Tax Court Non-Attorney Bar Admissions Exam Prep tutorials are suitable for CPAs, EAs, LLMs, and JDs who wish to be "Admitted to Practice, United States Tax Court."
- Unique to our tutorial programs are the occasional agreements that we strike with ABA law schools, such as Ave Maria School of Law in Naples FL, and such as the agreement that gave rise to the Joint Tax Law Institute and University of Alabama School of Law Graduate Tax Partnership. Through these agreements, tax professionals have the opportunity to be hosted on these law school campuses, to work with academicians who are specialist in some aspect of Federal taxation, tax litigation or US international taxation. Here, the emphasis is on providing a practical perspective of Federal tax law and litigation practice so that the United States Tax Court Practitioner can communicate effectively with the US. Tax Court judges, court clerks, opposing counsel and their taxpayer-clients.
- Applicants should keep in mind that the value of our Program is defined by the rigor and integrity of our Faculty. We are an IRS Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Education. Our CPE credits are registered and approved by the Return Preparers Office of the Internal Revenue Service as well as the participating ABA law schools with which we affiliate. Therefore our standards are higher compared to most CPE programs for tax professionals and our tutorials are certainly more demanding.
- We expect those who seek to enter our Program to understand that ours is not an easy certification to obtain. Much thought should be devoted to one's ability to complete the readings and research, participate in the discussions, and write the exam answers. We understand and expect that many, if not all, of the certification Applicants will hold full-time jobs or operate their own practice. Nonetheless, successful Applicants will eventually devote no fewer than 10-20 hours each week to reading, writing and studying.