Students from the Charleston School of Law have won the National Tax Moot Court championship for the fifth year running.

The annual competition, held last week in St. Petersburg, Fla., tasked 14 student teams from law schools across the country with arguing tax-related legal issues in simulated court proceedings.

In the final round of the three-day tournament, Charleston School of Law students Anna Boning and Tyler Gilliam argued before three federal tax court judges, beating a team from Loyola University Chicago School of Law to claim the championship.

“I think there’s no substitution for preparation,” said Charleston School of Law Professor Kristin Gutting, who coached the team to victory. “We just practice and when we think we have it, we practice more.”

Boning, a second year student from Manassas, Va., also won the award for Best Individual Oralist. This is the fifth consecutive year in which a School of Law student has taken home the award.

“This surely must be one of the most remarkable accomplishments in the annals of legal education,” School of Law Dean Andy Abrams said in a statement. “For an institution like the Charleston School of Law, which prides itself on its hands on legal education and close working relationship between our faculty and our students, this is particularly gratifying.”

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