The Tax Lawyer
The Tax Lawyer is the only student-edited law journal published jointly with the American Bar Association (ABA). Our publication is not only the nation’s premier tax journal; it is also one of the most respected and popular law journals in the country. Each issue reaches over 20,000 readers—the largest circulation of any student-edited law journal.
While The Tax Lawyer is the only business-centered law journal at Georgetown Law, its readership extends far beyond the corporate world. Because taxation pervades all areas of the law, The Tax Lawyer accommodates an extensive range of scholarship. Our members develop writing and editorial skills that are advantageous regardless of one’s desired career, whether it be the practice of law or the pursuit of a cross-disciplinary specialty. Neither knowledge of nor a desire to practice tax law is a prerequisite for membership. Most of our Editorial Board and staff members had no experience with tax law prior to joining The Tax Lawyer. Nonetheless, many journal members have appreciated their exposure to tax law and current tax issues as a building block for understanding a wide cross section of legal practice areas.
In short, The Tax Lawyer offers a broad range of unique opportunities for students, including:
Access and Prestige. Membership on The Tax Lawyer stands out to potential employers, who recognize the significance of our exclusive affiliation with the ABA and the quality of our publication. The Tax Lawyer is popular not only among tax lawyers, but is also read by corporate transactional lawyers, labor lawyers, judges, and many others. Indeed, interviewers often have first-hand experience with our journal, and many are longtime subscribers.
Student Publication. The Tax Lawyer prides itself on a strong commitment to the publication of student work, and publication space allows for up to half of the student notes submitted each year to be published. Students are paired with an LL.M. student mentor and a faculty advisor to assist in the writing process and provide tax expertise. We have consistently published four issues each year since our first student editorial board took office over thirty years ago, and our members continue to provide a fresh perspective on a number of cutting-edge tax and tax-related issues.
Networking and Social Opportunities. While most of our present members chose to join The Tax Lawyer because of its national reputation, this advantage constitutes only a part of the journal experience. The Tax Lawyer is also a resource for social interaction, networking, and career advice. We hold fully-funded social events throughout the school year–including an annual Tax Prom and ABA-sponsored networking events–and pride ourselves on having a friendly, open working environment. In addition, individual practitioners, law firms, and judges often send notices of employment to our office because of our strong reputation and closely-knit network of former members.
Leadership. The Tax Lawyer offers outstanding leadership opportunities. Our editors develop invaluable interpersonal and managerial skills which serve them well after graduation. We also offer several different types of advanced editorial opportunities and experiences.
Membership. Our membership selection process is very competitive. If you are considering The Tax Lawyer, our journal must be ranked as one of your top two choices. In considering Write On candidates, equal weight is given to the Write On score and grades.
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Sarah W. Colangelo
The Tax Lawyer