Tax and Business Law Scholarships (TABLS)

UCLA Law and the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy (LMI) annually award four scholarships to incoming students who are interested in tax and business law and policy. These scholarships are part of LMI’s Tax and Business Law Scholarship (“TABLS”) Program. The Program is led by Jim Barrall ’75, a Senior Fellow in Residence at LMI and a retired partner of Latham & Watkins LLP.

The TABLS scholarships are merit based and provide financial and critically important career building support to incoming students who have demonstrated an interest in, and an aptitude for, tax law and policy and/or business law and policy, as well as have demonstrated a commitment to public service, leadership and helping build the communities and organizations of which they are and have been members.

TABLS scholarship recipients form a community and are placed at the center of a robust and supportive network of tax and business law professionals. The TABLS scholars meet periodically with one another and with alumni recipients of the scholarships, other UCLA Law alumni and members of the UCLA Law tax and business faculty in various settings. At these gatherings, the scholars receive mentorship and coaching guidance with respect to their law school studies, job opportunities and career paths, as well as work together on ways to give back to and build the UCLA Law community and LMI’s tax and business law programs. The TABLS scholars also work with other UCLA Law students who are interested in tax and business law and policy, through UCLA Law’s, Tax and Estate Planning Law Association (TEPLA), the Business Law Association, the Real Estate Law Association and other organizations . Between meetings, the scholars connect in the halls of the school and via telephone, chat groups, and email to discuss matters of mutual interest. They also network and build relationships with TABLS alumni scholars through their private group site on LinkedIn.

Of critical importance, TABLS scholars are part of the larger UCLA Law community and are expected to take an active role in the school's tax and business law activities and programs, such as through the School’s tax and business law student associations, and to help mentor and coach their successor scholars, as second- and third-year students and after graduation, when they have embarked on their careers in law and business.

Learn more about each scholarship below.

Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law

Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law

Buddy Epstein and Christine Kim Scholarship in Tax Law

Joel A. Feuer Scholarship in Business Law


To apply for one or more of these scholarships, candidates should express their interest by including an addendum with their application for admission that sets forth their background and the reasons for their interest in the scholarships. For more information, please contact UCLA Law Assistant Dean of Admissions Rob Schwartz at schwartzr@law.ucla.edu or 310.825.2080.

Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law

The Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law provides financial and career building support to incoming students who are interested in pursuing careers in tax law and policy.

The scholarship was established in 2010 by Jim Barrall and the family and friends of the late Thomas A. Kirschbaum '77 to honor Tom, who was Jim’s first associate and then partner at Ervin, Cohen & Jessup in Beverly Hills. Tom was an eminent tax and executive compensation lawyer at ECJ and then at Irell & Manella. The scholarship was first awarded in 2011.

Please consider applying for the Kirschbaum scholarship and joining us as a member of our special community of on-campus TABLS scholars and our strong network of current and alumni TABLS scholars.

"The Kirschbaum Scholarship immediately connected me with talented peers and generous mentors who were committed to helping me lay the foundation for my legal career. I soon learned that Tom Kirschbaum was passionate about his profession, devoted to his friends and family, and a selfless mentor to younger attorneys. I have benefitted greatly from my membership in the Kirschbaum Scholarship community of students, professors, and lawyers who have helped me learn and work to try to achieve the personal, professional and community ideals that Tom embodied."
—Peter Charnell '21


Support the Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law

UCLA Foundation Disclosures

  • Kirschbaum Scholars

    Tyler DeGroot '26

    Luke Gitzen '26

    Scott La Rochelle '25

    Malcolm Steinberg '25

    Cole Frost '24

    Jack Santoro '24

    Ian Anstee '23

    Sarah Stebbins '23

    Nayan Karanth '22

    Alex Palabrica '22

    Peter Charnell '21

    Alex Farris '19

    Jordan David Barnes '18

    A.Y. Mernick '17

    Alan Beadle '16

    Ryan Hicks '15

    Ryan Shumacher '14

    Noah Metz '13

The Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law

The Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law provides financial and career building support to incoming students who are interested in pursuing careers in business law and policy.

The scholarship was established in 2013 by Jim Barrall and the many UCLA Law alumni who have practiced law at Latham &Watkins LLP, a global law firm of more than 3,500 lawyers. The scholarship was first awarded in 2015.

Please consider applying for the Latham scholarship and joining us as a member of our special community of on-campus TABLS scholars and our strong network of current and alumni TABLS scholars.

"The mentorship and relationships I gained through being a Latham & Watkins scholar far outweigh the monetary award. At our various scholar lunches I met many accomplished attorneys at major law firms and made connections which lead to summer job offers, even before OCI started. The scholarship also helped me develop my network in the legal industry and has opened my eyes to the opportunities that await me after law school. I am most thankful for all of this, and look forward to helping others in my next two years on campus and thereafter."
—Freeman Butler '21


Support the Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law

UCLA Foundation Disclosures

  • Latham Scholars

    Arrol Fulton Choi '26

    Aniq Chunara '26

    Sam Poursafar '26

    Rohan Gandhi '25

    Robyn Quinn '25

    Jason Choi '24

    Jenny Ha '24

    Janaki Balachandran '23

    Devin Yaeger '23

    Tim Roofian '22

    Freeman Butler '21

    Emily Ranger Murdock '20

    Adam Morollo '19

    Christian Olano '18

    Helen Qi '18

    Arman Zadeh '18

Buddy Epstein and Christine Kim Scholarship in Tax Law

From left: Dominick Divine and Joel Feuer

The Buddy Epstein and Christine Kim Scholarship in tax law provides financial and career building support to incoming students who are interested in pursuing careers in tax law and policy.

The scholarship was established in 2013 by Christine Kim and the family and friends of the late Buddy Epstein '74, to honor Buddy, who was an eminent tax lawyer at De Castro West, in Westwood. The scholarship was first awarded to incoming students in 2016 and in prior years was awarded to second- and third-year students.

Please consider applying for the Epstein Kim scholarship and joining us as a member of our special community of on-campus TABLS scholars and our strong network of current and alumni TABLS scholars.

"The Buddy Epstein and Christine Kim Scholarship immediately connected me with a network of other students and attorney mentors. Second- and third-year students shared their wisdom and advice on the law school and internship experience, and attorney mentors shared their thoughts on the wide array of careers that were available to us. As a first-generation law student with virtually no idea where to start, being a part of this community was very impactful in setting me on the best course for me to explore my interests and to begin my professional journey."
—Dominick Divine III ‘23

  • Epstein Kim Scholars

    Sophia Seo '26

    Audrey Leevan '25

    Daniel Mousseri '25

    Benjamin Tu '25

    Joseph Auer '24

    William Wu '24

    Dominick Divine '23

The Joel A. Feuer Scholarship in Business Law

Joel A. FeuerThe Joel A. Feuer Scholarship in Business Law provides financial and career building support to incoming students who are interested in pursuing careers in business law and policy, with a preference for students with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.

The Scholarship was established in 2023 by the Board of Advisors of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy in honor of Joel A. Feuer, Professor from Practice and Executive Director of LMI, in thanks for his more than ten years of outstanding leadership of LMI and many contributions to the School.  Before joining LMI, Professor Feuer was an associate and then a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, for more than 33 years.

Support the Joel A. Feuer Scholarship in Business Law

UCLA Foundation Disclosures

News
See All
Apr 10, 2024

Rick Hasen does a Q&A with the Arts Fuse magazine about his book 'A Real Right to Vote'

Read More
Apr 10, 2024

Ann Carlson is quoted by the AP on California's leadership in setting vehicle emissions standards

Read More