Tax Certificate, Worth it?

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Tax Certificate, Worth it?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:46 am

I'm a rising 2L looking at potentially getting the tax certificate. I want to go into IP law as a patent litigator but I've been told it's pretty valuable in general. Would it be worth while to take the required classes and get one? I'm wondering if it will make me more marketable because I have a variety of skills or if it would be a waste for me since I'm looking to do IP. Thanks

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Re: Tax Certificate, Worth it?

Postby nealric » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:05 pm

I am a tax attorney. I have no idea what a "tax certificate" is. I presume its some sort of recognition that you took a certain number of tax classes in law school.

Here's the thing: tax is one of those areas you don't (or at least shouldn't) dabble in. Either you are a tax attorney or you are not. You cannot give good and accurate advice if you are not constantly engaged in the changing tax law. If you plan on become a tax attorney, you should take as many tax classes as you can. If you want to be a patent litigator, I don't see any reason to go beyond Tax I unless your school offers a specialized course in tax aspects of settlements and judgments (if only to give you some issue spotting ability).

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