No other school in the country offers a program that gives you this kind of cross-disciplinary exposure to business and tax approaches and professionals.- Professor Mona Hymel
James E. Rogers College of Law and Eller College of Management bring to the University of Arizona a program (not offered at any other university) where law students interested in pursuing a career in taxation and master’s students majoring in taxation are brought together in a unique learning environment. The business students attend several tax courses taught by professors in the law school, and the law students attend courses taught by the business tax faculty. These cross-academic experiences provide each discipline with insight that most tax professionals are not exposed to/confronted with until they enter the workplace.
Tax accountants and tax attorneys will often work together in practice. This program offers each participant the opportunity to understand, through direct experience, the intricacies of each profession. Not only will our students learn different styles and approaches to the study of tax law and practice, but our students have the chance to forge new relationships across disciplines. Our students will also be able to meet experienced tax professionals in both fields.
The Tax Law and Policy Program also provides our students with a number of “out of class” experiences. They will meet and learn from practicing tax professionals, both business tax professionals, tax attorneys and other professionals who deal with tax law issues. In some cases, business students and law students may qualify for similar jobs. Such crossover, however, will lead to greater tax expertise as well as business acumen overall.
Both the law school faculty and the business school faculty believe that our students who undertake the advantages afforded by this program will graduate with experience not typically attainable without some years of practice experience. The possibilities offered by this new collaboration are significant. Particularly, during economic uncertainty, we offer our students opportunities and experiences typically not available at this stage of development of a tax professional.