First of its kind initiative aims to prepare graduate students for careers in tax law where AI will be integral to the decision-making process

Here’s their press release in full

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blue J Legal announced today a new partnership with the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law), to integrate its Blue J Tax Foresight platform into UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program. The partnership intends to teach UCI Law graduate students pursuing a degree in tax law about the best methods for implementing artificial intelligence (AI) into their practice. Blue J’s AI-enabled tax platform is one of the first AI integrations of its kind for both UCI Law and other law schools across the United States. The joint effort aims to demonstrate why advanced technological integration in higher education is important and how to leverage it, specifically in tax law.

A visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers, UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program is known to offer an exclusive LL.M. curriculum that prepares students with the doctrinal depth and skills needed to practice tax law. The program centers on mandatory practical tax skill requirements, which include the ability to adopt new technology into their tax studies and being able to expertly use AI-integrated tools to assist in the decision-making process. Implementing Blue J’s Tax platform, which uses proprietary data and algorithms to predict how a court would rule in tax scenarios, augments the current tools for teaching tax law, while also demonstrating how AI can be used in real life.

“Our partnership with Blue J shows UCI Law’s unwavering efforts to expose our students to the most advanced technology practices that further their education and understanding of tax law,” said Omri Marian, Professor of Law and Academic Director of the Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, UCI Law. “Innovation has always been the main pillar for UCI Law, and as pioneers in our field, we are aware of the benefits that artificial intelligence brings.”

Students will be trained on Blue J’s tax platform during orientation to ensure they are prepared for its use in graduate-level studies. Rather than applying the tool within one specific course, students will be able to use Blue J Tax across the entire curriculum, experiencing first-hand the ways AI can be applied to different tax issues. Professors will also be able to leverage Blue J Tax to bring to life a variety of tax topics, including debt versus equity, deductibility of business expenses, and accuracy-related penalties.

“UCI Law has always valued the commitment towards innovation for their students, which is why this partnership is a perfect match for Blue J,” said Blue J CEO and co-founder, Benjamin Alarie. “With UCI Law showcasing AI’s potential in a completely different way, they are preparing the next generation for even greater success in their future careers.”

The Blue J Tax Foresight platform is currently being used across law and accounting firms of all sizes, including those among the AmLaw 100 and the Big Four Accounting firms.

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