Taxation Law opens industry doors for students

Fourth year Law students and Damien Mullen and Alexander Carlos
with School of Law Senior Lecturer Nicholas Augustinos.

6 November 2015

Students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney School of Law have secured high calibre positions in one of Sydney’s top professional services, cementing the School’s role as a centre of excellence in taxation law.

This follows the ongoing development of the School as a centre of excellence in law and specifically in research leading to the formulation of tax policy, according to School of Law Senior Lecturer Nicholas Augustinos.

“The focus on taxation has been central to the growth and consolidation of the School over the past 12 months and is reaping dividends to both the University and students with the allocation of two elite summer placements at Deloitte Australia to fourth year Law students Alexander Carlos and Damien Mullen,” Mr Augustinos said.

The eight-week placements in the second largest professional services firm world-wide were welcomed by both students. Mr Carlos said the placement at Deloitte Australia was an opportunity to gain work experience in a top organisation and to demonstrate the abilities he has developed while studying at Notre Dame.

“It is seen as a precept to a graduate role so we are in a strong position upon graduation,” Alex said.

Damien Mullen said the placements reflected on the strength of Mr Augustinos’ tax classes as that was where both students decided taxation law was to be their career paths.

“I’m excited to take up the offer, these placements are very hard to come by and having experience working in a large high profile organisation will give us both the edge upon graduation,” Damian said.

Mr Augustinos said the summer clerkships were highly prized among students with the major firms only taking the cream of the crop.

“All this research on tax policy feeds into our courses and teaching so our students are getting not only the academic content but also the benefit of our excellent research,” he said.

“This has allowed us to secure some great outcomes for our students in employment in the area of taxation.”

The School’s focus on taxation research to influence tax policy saw the appointment this year of two taxation specialists, Professor John Prebble, from Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand, and Sydney barrister, Dr Holger Sorensen, as Adjunct Professors of the University. Professor Prebble’s article on the morality of tax avoidance is one of the most downloaded academic papers in relation to taxation.

Mr Augustinos said the School of Law’s Honours Research Program was also validated this year with the publication of an amended version of alumna Katie Webster’s honours thesis in The Journal of Australian Taxation in March. This followed the earlier publication of Mr Augustinos’ taxation paper in The Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association.

The University also awarded the School of Law a Research Incentives Scheme Grant (RIS) which facilitated Mr Augustinos’ presentation of a taxation paper to The Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association Conference held at Adelaide University in January this year.

Mr Augustinos said the School of Law’s focus on tax policy and research was in keeping with the University’s Catholic ethos and Objects and supported the tax discussion paper released by The Australian Bishops’ Conference in June.

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