Tax Law

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What is Tax Law?

Tax Law, or Revenue Law is a subsection of legal study that focuses on the rules and procedures that governments use to assess and collect taxes. Students interested in careers in Tax Law will study the basic principles of law followed by a more in depth study of the terms and principles involved in revenue-based legal studies.

What 3rd Level Courses are Available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Employment Law – the study of the relationship between workers, employers, and the government. 
  • Law and History – the study of the interactions between law and history and how the two have shaped one another.
  • Legal Studies – the study of the practice of law.

Studying Tax Law in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students an introduction to the foundational areas of law, including legal skills, contract law, tort law, and constitutional law. Tax law will often be a core area of study in subsequent years of study.

Depending on the sub-discipline of legal studies, students will likely move from exam-based study modules to more hands-on ‘clinical’ modules. Most Tax law modules will combine lectures, exams, case studies, and written practical work.

Most undergraduate Tax Law courses run for three or four years. In some cases universities will facilitate work or internship experience as well.

It is common that all law-based courses will require students to complete long-term research projects including a final dissertation or Capstone project. This will ensure the completion of a rigorous curriculum and prepare students for postgraduate studies and/or careers in Tax law.

A bachelor’s degree in Law is adequate for many careers in Tax law. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working as solicitors or barristers, or as diplomats, journalists, and broadcasters.

Career Options

Graduating from college with a degree in Tax Law will serve you well in the job market as it provides you with a unique and marketable skill set.  A law degree teaches students how to think logically and analytically as well as equipping them with invaluable research and communication skills.

Many recent graduates have entered into ‘entry-level’ positions working as journalists, accountants, solicitors, and barristers in Ireland and abroad. Some have gone on to work as research assistants, lawyers, or teachers.

Other careers in Tax law that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training, and/or experience to qualify for.

Related Jobs Include:

  • Solicitor / Barrister
  • Lawyer /Legal Assistant
  • Legal Researcher
  • Professor / Lecturer
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist / Broadcaster
  • Author
  • Foreign Affairs Consultant
  • Insurance Agent

Further Study

An undergraduate degree in Tax Law is often the first step towards further postgraduate study. Postgraduate students will often specialize in their particular legal sub-disciplines, often times while working as an assistant or junior lawyer for a local firm in their field.

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What points do I need to study Tax Law?

  • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best that you check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or Four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, English, Irish or another language.

Are there any particular qualities you need to study Tax Law?

  • Law students will need to enjoy problem solving, history, sociology and cultural studies, Additionally law students will need to be detail-oriented, focused, determined, and curious.

Where can I study Tax Law?

  • Explore your options here.

Did You Know?

  • Before World War II, very few people, only 1.1% of working-age Americans, owed any income taxes at all!
  • According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the average income tax refund for Americans was $2,902 as of March 2019. 
  • Albert Einstein once said, “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”


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