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Taxes fund the largest entities in the world, have a first-order influence on all economic activity, create incentives and subsidies that shape behavior as strongly as any regulation, and are the primary channel for distribution of wealth through law. No lawyer can afford to be ignorant of the basics of the tax system, and tax specialists are at the table for every major decision. Leading-edge experts and scholars at Harvard Law School research and teach about every aspect of taxation, including goals and policy, its impact, and how tax law is administered. At the Federal Tax Clinic, students also have opportunities to assist low-income taxpayers and learn more about how the IRS and tax systems operate.

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Tax Litigation Clinic

Students in the Tax Litigation Clinic represent low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS, both before the IRS and in federal court. Students may also…

Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

Students spend the entire Spring Term in Washington, D.C. working as legal interns in a variety of federal offices while taking an evening course on…

Mediation Clinic

Clinic placements are with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), and offer the opportunity to co-mediate disputes filed in local courts with a focus on small…

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