Matthew James

Director, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Contact Information

Office: 46 (Inside Clinic)
Phone: 919-530-7166
Fax: 919-530-7982


B.A., Baker University
J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
LL.M., University of Denver Sturm College of Law


Matthew T. James joined the NCCU School of Law Clinical Legal Education Program as the Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (“LITC”) in the fall of 2018. Professor James also acts as the Principal Investigator for the federal grant that partially funds the LITC and regularly teaches the Federal Income Tax course. He frequently presents on tax topics related to individuals, self-employed, and pass-through entities. Prior to his role as Director, he served in various capacities with the Low Income Taxpayer Clinics at NCCU and at the University of Denver. He is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina and the United States Tax Court.

As Director of the NCCU School of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Professor James instructs and supervises students as they represent low income individuals for a wide variety of issues before the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court. Professor James also advises pro se litigants in the U.S. Tax Court calendar call program, conducts taxpayer education and outreach events throughout North Carolina, and engages in systemic advocacy in collaboration with tax professionals and other Low Income Taxpayer Clinics nationwide.

Professor James earned a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Management and a minor in Spanish from Baker University. After running the operations and logistics department for an international safety training company, he returned to academia to concurrently earn his Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Professor James is an active participant in the Triangle and National communities. His civic engagement in the local community includes membership in North Carolina Bar Association Section on Taxation, 14th Judicial District Bar Association and Durham Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Taxation and the American Association of Law School. His service to the community extends beyond professional organizations to other programs that seek to provide pro bono legal services. He acts as a Supervising Attorney for the Power of Attorney and Wills Projects, and also a site supervisor and trainer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Professor James assists VITA programs in the local community as well as specialized Military VITA programs for our servicemen and women throughout the United States. He also provides legal services to local religious organizations and other non-profit entities. He was awarded the NCCU School of Law Pro Bono Program Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award in 2018 and 2019.

He has always had a special interest in working with low income taxpayers and not only helping clients obtain services but also educating them in order to better their financial affairs.