Prospective Students

Student Application

Course Offerings

BUS 463 is offered Fall, Winter, and Spring with Professor Lisa Sperow, J.D. The course is offered to senior accounting students who meet the pre-requisites. If you are interested in enrolling for any quarter, please e-mail Professor Sperow at Because the course is in high demand and fills up quickly, students are encouraged to reach out to Professor Sperow 2-3 quarters in advance to reserve a spot.

Clinic Objective

A true Learn by Doing experience, students provide representation to eligible taxpayers who have post-filing controversies with the IRS. Students also serve the community by providing public outreach and education on the tax issues that arise in our clinic.

Course Objective

This course is split into two phases. The first two weeks are dedicated to lecture, while the rest of the term is used for clinic work.

From this course, students:

  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of federal tax laws and procedure.
  • Learn to use electronic research database for state and federal tax research.
  • Exercise professional judgement in representing clients involved in federal and state tax controversies.
  • Gather, verify, and develop facts relevant to representing clients of the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Apply knowledge to identify opportunities and solve business problems.


Senior standing, successful completion of BUS 320, fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Requirement, and approval of the instructor.