Graduate Tax Program

Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law Program

For over 50 years, the Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law program has launched the careers of dozens of tax academics. 

Acting Assistant Professors of Tax Law (“Tax AAPs”) show promise as legal scholars and have a strong interest in teaching. They serve on a full-time, non-tenure track basis at the Law School for two academic years. At the start of their second year, Tax AAPs are expected to seek a tenure-track position on the law school academic job market.

While in residence at the Law School, Tax AAPs devote a substantial amount of time to their scholarship and begin to develop their research agendas. Tax AAPs teach one or two courses in the Graduate Tax Program each semester. Each Tax AAP also either serves an Assistant Editor of the Tax Law Review, the nation’s top tax policy journal, or works with the International Tax Program, the leading graduate tax program for non-US lawyers.

The NYU Law tax faculty mentors the Tax AAPs, evaluating and assisting in their teaching and providing feedback on their scholarly work. In addition, the faculty provides substantial support in preparing the Tax AAPs for entering the academic job market. Tax AAPs are also encouraged to attend faculty workshops and conferences, especially the Tax Policy Colloquium, which meets weekly in the spring semester.

Current Tax AAPs

Former Tax AAPs

Find a complete list of former Tax AAPs, from 1960 through 2019.

Compensation and Benefits

Tax AAPs receive an annual salary (currently in the low $60,000 range) and benefits, including health insurance. Tax AAPs may also apply for subsidized faculty housing. Each Tax AAP is provided with a regular faculty office, administrative support and a research budget.

How to Apply

A JD degree, a strong record of academic achievement, and an interest in an academic career are required. Tax AAPs will be selected based on their potential scholarly and teaching abilities. To be considered for the Tax AAP program, please submit the following items electronically to Professor Steven Dean, chairman of the Acting Assistant Professors of Tax Law Committee, at, no later than December 1.

  • curriculum vitae; and
  • copies of your law school transcripts (JD and, if applicable, LLM).