Graduate Tax Program

Visiting Assistant Professor of Tax Law Program

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

Visiting Assistant Professors of Tax Law (VAPs) 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, They are expected to seek a tenure-track position on the law school academic job market.

While in residence at the Law School, Tax VAPs devote a substantial amount of time to their scholarship and begin to develop their research agendas. Tax VAPs teach one or two courses in the Graduate Tax Program each semester. Each Tax VAP 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 VAPs, evaluating and assisting in their teaching and providing feedback on their scholarly work. In addition, the faculty provides substantial support in preparing the Tax VAPs for entering the academic job market. Tax VAPs are also encouraged to attend faculty workshops and conferences, especially the Tax Policy Colloquium, which meets weekly in the spring semester.

Current Tax VAPs

Former Tax Acting Assistant Professors

(The program was formerly known as the Acting Assistant Professor program, among other titles.)

Find a complete list of former Tax AAPs, from 1960 through 2022. 

Compensation and Benefits

Tax VAPs receive an annual salary (currently in the low $60,000 range) and benefits, including health insurance. Tax VAPs may also apply for subsidized faculty housing. Each Tax VAP 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 VAPs will be selected based on their potential scholarly and teaching abilities. To be considered for the Tax VAP program for the 2025-26 academic year, please submit the following items electronically to Professor Brant Hellwig no later than December 1, 2024.

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