Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Help with taxes


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax basic income tax return preparation for low-income taxpayers or those in need. ABA VITA programs are managed independently by student groups with the direction of their law school.

Start a VITA site on your campus! If you’re interested download the VITA Handbook.


VITA Handbook and Award

Nominate your law school’s VITA program for the 2015 Law Student Division VITA Award! The application will be posted in February, and the deadline for nominations will be April 1.

Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law has won the VITA Award the last several years in a row. For information on their program, the law school has offered their assistance to other law schools. For more information, contact Barry Associate Professor, Patrick Tolan.


ABA Tax Section

The ABA Section of Taxation Pro Bono Committee also provides resources for law students interested in in VITA.

VITA resources from the ABA Section of Taxation Pro Bono Committee


2014-2015 VITA Participating Law Schools

If you would like to be listed as a 2014-2015 VITA participating law school, please send an email to abalsd@americanbar.org. Be sure to include the name of your law school and the number of years your site has been in existance. ABA-approved law schools only.

  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • Barry University School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Capital University Law School
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Elon University School of Law
  • Florida A&M University College of Law
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • The George Washington University School of Law
  • The John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • University of Northern Kentucky-Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Liberty University School of Law
  • Louisiana State University, Paul H. Herbert Law Center
  • University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • Loyola University – New Orleans – School of Law
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • University of Missouri – Columbia Law School
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • Penn State University-Dickinson School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Regent University School of Law
  • Rutgers School of Law-Camden
  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law
  • Southwest Law School
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Thomas R. Kline School of Law – Drexel University
  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School (Lansing, Ann Arbor and Tampa Bay campuses)
  • Western State University College of Law
  • Yale University Law School


National Student Director

ABA Law Student Division
National Student Director – VITA
Jessica McMenemy
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law



Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


Nicholas A. Ventola
The John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL

Committee Members

Marcus Sandifer
Emory University School of Law
Atlanta, GA
Krystal Yalldo
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
West Bloomfield, MI

Marquita Christy
Southern University Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Richard Aime
University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA