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Leslie Book

Professor of Law


Professor Book joined the Villanova Law School the Fall of 2000, where he is a Professor of Law. While at Villanova, Professor Book was Director of the Federal Tax Clinic from 2000-2007, Director of the Graduate Tax Program from 2007-2014 and Director of the Online Graduate Tax Program from 2013-2015. Prior to coming to Villanova, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Low Income Tax Clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT.

He is a national authority on tax procedure, tax administration and issues affecting the low-income taxpayer community. Book has written extensively on the relationship of IRS agency actions and broader principles of administrative law, on the intersection of tax and poverty law, and on tax compliance. He is the cofounder and one of the primary bloggers at Procedurally Taxing. His articles have appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Indiana University Law Journal, University of Wisconsin, American University Law Reviews, among other journals, and in two annual reports submitted to Congress by the National Taxpayer Advocate. He is also the successor author for the Thomson Reuters treatise IRS Practice and Procedure, originally authored by his former colleague, the late Michael Saltzman. Book, a frequent speaker and panelist at bar associations and public interest organizations, has testified before Congress and the Treasury Department on the fair administration of our nation’s tax laws and on the future of tax administration. He is the 2007 ABA Tax Section Spragens Pro Bono Award winner for his outstanding and sustained commitment to pro bono services with respect to federal tax law, and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Professor Book received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College (magna cum laude), his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, and his LL.M (Taxation) from New York University School of Law. At Stanford Law School, he was a founding editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and at New York University School of Law he was a student-editor at the Tax Law Review.

Practice Experience

  • Member of Pennsylvania Bar
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell, Associate, London and New York
  • Baker & McKenzie, Associate, New York
  • Independent expert witness for tax agencies and private clients
Professor Leslie M. Book

Office: Rm 235, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-6416
Fax: 610-519-6837


Courses and Seminars

  • Introduction to Federal income Tax
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • Tax Policy


Franklin & Marshall College, BA (magna cum laude)

Stanford University School of Law, JD

New York University School of Law, LLM (Taxation)