Tax iconTax law involves the interpretation of tax legislation as it relates to the treatment of various sources of income and losses. Corporate tax lawyers work with their clients to structure and complete a range of transactions and advise on issues such as transfer pricing, capital markets transactions, structured finance, and commodity taxes. Tax litigators represent clients through the audit process and appeals from such processes. Tax lawyers can be found in a range of private practice settings, from tax boutiques to full-service law firms, as well as in government legal departments such as the Department of Justice.

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What courses can I take?

Courses to consider in the upper years*

  • Canadian Income Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Finance Business and Accounting in the Law
  • Statutes and Statutory Interpretation

*Not all courses are offered in each academic year. Please consult the Course Calendar and Upper Year Courses by Subject Area resources.


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How can I get hands-on experience?

Experiential opportunities

  • Donald G. Bowman Tax competitive moot
  • Tax Law and Policy Workshop
  • Law and Economics Workshop

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How else can I get involved?


  • Tax Law Society

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How can I connect with employers?

Work and networking ideas

Networking opportunities

  • Firm tours (check UTLC Events tab for details)
  • Informational interviews (go to UTLC > Resource Library > Interviews for guidance)
  • Events hosted by professional associations such as the Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Lawyers Doing Cool Things

Fellowships & internships

  • Fasken First Year Law Internship in Tax (firm-funded)
  • Stikeman First Year Tax Internship (firm-funded)

Paid opportunities

Employers offering paid summer and articling opportunities in this area include:

  • Counter Tax Lawyers
  • Deloitte Tax Law LLP
  • Thorsteinssons LLP
  • Many full-service business law firms also have substantial tax law departments
  • The Department of Justice represents the federal government in disputes involving the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Clerkships are available at the Tax Court of Canada

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What resources can I look at?

Online career resources and events

The following resources are available to current UofT Law students and alumni through UTLC:

  • Recruitment Guides: Students can find recruitment guides on UTLC listing tax-related positions for 1L summer, 2L summer and articling recruitment cycles for a range of legal markets
  • General Articling Guide
  • Government Interview and Information Guide
  • CDO Event: Career Information Sessions (current students only)
  • Upper Year Student Directory to network with students who have worked for tax law employers

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