Legal Internship

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CTLP interns participate in all aspects of representing clients in tax controversy issues.  Specifically, interns conduct intake, perform follow-up interviews, advise clients (mostly by telephone, with occasional walk-ins and in-person appointments), and represent clients before the IRS via telephone and correspondence.  In the course of such representation, interns draft documents such as refund claims, requests for audit reconsideration, financial information statements and letters supporting proposed payment alternatives, applications and letters supporting requests for innocent spouse relief, appeal letters, and U.S. Tax Court pleadings. 

Interns will also be involved in conducting legal research as well as preparing materials for representation of clients before the Virginia Department of Taxation.   As well, interns may participate in outreach activities to various constituencies and attend U.S. Tax Court calendar calls when the court is in session in Richmond, VA.  Interns may also attend CLE or other training provided to members of CTLP’s Pro Bono Panel.

Testimonials from our Interns

"I interned at CTLP in the summer of 2021, before I went into my final year of law school. This internship offered an unparalleled chance to gain experience with direct client contact, and really fostered a sense of independence in handling cases, though the talented CTLP staff attorneys were always very responsive whenever I ran into questions or concerns. It was a rewarding experience getting to build those relationships with clients as I communicated with them about their tax issues, and it  prepared me well for my 3L experience in Washington and Lee's academic tax clinic.  CTLP helped me to build a strong foundation in the type of income tax issues low-income taxpayers face, and in tax law more generally. I'm thankful for that base of knowledge and skills, as I know it will serve me well in my career as a tax attorney after graduation. Beyond practical skills, it was also humbling to see the passion and dedication with which the CTLP staff attorneys approach their work. CTLP's focus on helping low-income taxpayers directly, and on advocating for broader change, inspired me, and as a result, I know I will continue to seek out pro-bono opportunities to serving low-income taxpayers throughout my future career."

- K. Gallagher

Summer Intern 2021

Washington & Lee University School of Law