Memphis Law is proud to offer a Certificate in Tax for our students. Tax law affects and influences nearly every aspect of our lives, from sales tax, income tax, property tax, charitable deductions, tax credits and inheritance tax just to name a few areas. Students studying tax law will be able to apply their knowledge not only to their work but also to their daily decisions.

In studying the Internal Revenue Service Code, students in the Certificate in Tax program develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Knowledge of the code is essential not only for tax practitioners, but also for attorneys practicing in various fields such as labor and employment, family law, insurance, social security, workers compensation, and corporate litigation.

For more information about the Certificate in Tax program, please contact Prof. William P. Kratzke at or (901) 678-3221.

Course Requirements

Basic Income Tax (3)
Corporate Tax (3)
Partnership Tax (3)

Minimum 6 hours from the following list:

Estate & Gift Tax (2)
Nonprofit Organizations (3)
International Taxation (3)
Tax Seminar (2)
Estate Planning (2)
Mergers & Acquisitions (2)

Non-class requirements

Students seeking the Certificate in Tax must also complete 25 hours of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) clinic work. These 25 hours can be counted toward the pro bono hours that the law school requires for graduation.

Grade point requirement

To satisfy the requirements of the Certificate in Tax, students must demonstrate a successful understanding of the fundamentals of taxation by obtaining an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for Certificate classes and a minimum Overall GPA of 2.5.


Students seeking a Certificate in Tax are strongly encouraged to participate in the Law Student Tax Challenge, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.

How to Enroll

Students in good academic standing may enroll in the Certificate for Tax program after completing one year of full-time law study (or 30 hours for part-time students).

A student enrolls by submitting a completed enrollment form to the Tax Certificate Director. In completing the form, the student must certify that he/she can satisfy the requirements of the certificate program and is committed to fulfilling its requirements. A student will be dropped from the program if he/she fails to meet the requirements.