The Villanova Federal Tax Clinic melds the School’s dedication to public service with hands-on learning. Students gain practical experience, while providing free legal services to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS, both before United States Tax Court and Federal District Courts. The Clinic also offers tax education and outreach for taxpayers who speak English as a second language.
Each semester, 10 to 14 Villanova law students represent approximately 100 taxpayers in the Greater Philadelphia area. Cases typically last six to eight months and involve clients without significant assets who have either a tax dispute about how much they owe or cannot afford the amount they owe. Without this help, these taxpayers would fight alone against the IRS when controversies arise.
“Working in the Federal Tax Clinic taught me much more than tax controversy. Learning how to use my legal skills to advocate for real clients was the most important takeaway,” said Lany Villalobos ’14, recipient of the prestigious Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship from the ABA Section of Taxation in 2014. “The hands-on experience I gained as a clinic student was invaluable to launching my career as a public interest tax attorney.”
Keith Fogg, Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic, said the clinic creates lawyers who are more likely to perform pro bono work. “They get a taste of helping someone settle a crushing tax problem. Not all lawyers get to feel that satisfaction.”
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