Graduate Tax Externships

Founding Vision

The University of California, Irvine School of Law’s founding vision was to train lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The Graduate Tax Program shares that vision and is proud to be the only program of its kind to require students to complete practical tax training.  Learn more about the Graduate Tax Program.

Tax Externship Opportunities

A key component of the Practical Tax Skills requirement is the Externship Program, which provides academic credit for students doing legal work at one of our tax partner organizations. Students may earn up to eight credits in tax externships and the class schedule is specifically designed to allow students to spend ample time at their selected field placements. In addition to their field work, students participate in a companion seminar to develop critical reflective practices and reinforce the skills learned at their externship.

Our Tax Externship Partners

Some of our tax externship partners include: Anderson, Honda, Paul Hastings, EY, Ingram Micro, Mayer Brown, Activision Blizzard, IBFD, Office of Tax Appeals, Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor LLP, Withers Bergman, PWC, Hyundai Capital, Arbonne International, BDO, and the Internal Revenue Service

    Graduate Externship Topics and Speakers 2020

  • Advanced Tax Research

    Matt Flyntz
    Research Law Librarian, UCI Law School

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility

    Diana Wollman
    Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

  • Effective Communication with Non-Lawyers

    Joseph Cruz
    Partner/Principal, Ernst & Young, LLP

    Stephen Freeman
    Of Counsel, K&L Gates

  • In-House Tax Practice

    Sean Stegmaier
    The Irvine Company

    Ana Biegert
    Senior Director Tax, Mattel

  • Writing for Tax Clients

    Doug Schaaf
    Partner, Tax Department, Paul Hastings

  • Hot Topics in Tax Law

    Jasper “Jack” Cummings
    Counsel, Alston & Bird

  • Preventing and Managing an IRS Audit

    Hans Famularo
    Associate Area Counsel (Small Business/Self-Employed)
    Internal Revenue Service

    Darshana Natekar
    Senior Audit Coordinator
    American Honda Motor Co., Inc.


D’lorah L. Hughes
Director of Externships
401 E. Peltason Drive
MPAA 201-D
(949) 824-9809
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Brittany Taylor
Experiential Learning Programs Coordinator
(949) 824-5166