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CUA Law's Tax Program Ranked #27 in Country by PreLaw Magazine

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The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law's Tax Program was ranked #27 in the country by PreLaw magazine's fall 2017 issue (vol. 21, no. 2).

magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of their curricular offerings. The scores were weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group and 5% for a certificate. To see the full chart click here.

In addition to expert faculty and upper level tax courses, CUA Law offers the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic as a part of the Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS) clinical program. In CCLS, students have primary responsibility for their client's cases under the direct supervision of attorneys who provide guidance and closely monitor case strategy.  The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic provides free service for low-income taxpayers who do not have representation and cannot afford to pay for tax assistance. The Clinic also serve those for whom English is a second language.

In addition to CCLS, all students can participate in the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. After completing 17 hours of training and passing an IRS-administered exam, students are certified to volunteer.  They can assist clients with audits or examinations, the earned income tax credit, head of household filing status, dependency exemptions, child and dependent care credit, business expenses, child tax credit, self-employment tax, notice of deficiencies, liens and levies, and collection alternatives. Individuals with annual incomes of $54,000 or less are eligible for free VITA services.