The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits

A Message from Director Kathryn J. Kennedy

Kathryn J. Kennedy

As one of The John Marshall Law School’s Center of Excellence, the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits strives to deliver curricula and programs that are cutting edge in the field of tax law and employee benefits, by offering three different LLM degrees and two different MS degrees.

Established in 1956, our Graduate Tax Law Programs are among the oldest in the nation. Both the LLM in Tax Law (for practicing attorneys) and the MS in Tax Law (for non-attorney professionals) provide a practical and real-world grounding in all major areas of taxation. Courses are taught by Chicago’s leading tax practitioners, including current and former members of the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel.

Due to the pent-up demand for estate planners to service the estimated 79 million Baby Boomers with personal wealth estimated to be more than $33 trillion, the Center has launched a fully online LLM in Estate Planning, beginning in the fall of 2012. The advanced degree will offer candidates practice-ready employability and the freedom to complete their degree anywhere in the nation. The estate planning courses, taught by an expert faculty of academics and practitioners, are designed to ensure degree candidates develop a firm theoretical foundation in estate planning fundamentals, cumulating in the drafting of a comprehensive estate plan for a sophisticated taxpayer. This degree is available only online.

Our Graduate Employee Benefits Programs continue to be the only graduate employee benefits degree programs in the nation. Both the LLM in Employee Benefits (for practicing attorneys) and the MS in Employee Benefits (for non-attorney professionals) were designed in response to the increasingly complex and multi-disciplinary nature of the employee benefits field. They both provide the substantive knowledge and skills necessary to solve employee benefits issues.

All degree programs require candidates to complete 24 credit hours in order to obtain the degree. In addition to required courses, candidates may select elective courses in order to tailor their degree to their specific interests. For more information regarding the online delivery of courses, go to John Marshall’s eCourses distance education.


Professor Kathryn J. Kennedy
Director, Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits
Associate Dean of Advanced Studies and Research

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