A career as a tax attorney is a highly technical and specialized field that requires a minimum of seven years of college education, including four years of any undergraduate program and three years in a law school, followed by securing a license to practice in a state by passing the bar exam.
One good entry path is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting that offers subjects such as financial, managerial and cost accounting, income tax, fundamentals of auditing, and business law, and an internship.
Another more common path is the bachelor’s law degree program that covers the basics of taxation such as federal income tax, tax practices, and procedures, corporate and partnership tax, and other courses.
The three year master’s degree in law allows further specialization in areas such as general business taxation, international taxation, financial services, and other similar courses. Another option is to select electives that focus on tax laws.
The basic entry-level qualification for a lawyer is the degree from a law school, followed by passing the bar exam to obtain a license to practice within the state. Depending on the state, the bar exam consists of a written test and an ethics exam.