The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits

Enhance Your Marketability with an LLM in Tax Law

Whether you're a newly admitted attorney looking to distinguish your career in tax law or a seasoned veteran seeking to sharpen your skills in a specific area, the LLM in Tax Law is designed to enhance your marketability and expand career opportunities. Our LLM in Tax Law for practicing lawyers is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation, and provides a practical grounding in all major areas of taxation. The program stresses a transactional approach and deals with actual problems encountered in the practice of tax law.

As a result of continuous input from our faculty and advisory board, our focused, relevant curriculum emphasizes the identification of issues and problems, and instills the ability to apply the law creatively to meet the client's goals. Courses are taught by experienced tax practitioners who are engaged in the cutting-edge aspects of their specific fields of tax law expertise, as well as current and former members of the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel.


LLM in Tax Law candidates must complete 24 credit hours in order to earn their degree. In addition to required courses, you will select elective courses and externships/practicum opportunities.

After completing 10 credit hours in the LLM program, you have the opportunity to apply for one of the tax law externships or practicum. These programs provide first-hand experience in the practice of tax law law. LLM candidates are only allowed to take up to six credits in externships/practicum. Center director approval is required.

Our program attracts recent law graduates and practicing attorneys who desire a better understanding of tax law. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full-time and completed over two semesters or completed part-time in less than five years. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the academic year.

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Proposed Schedule

Summer Session
Corporate Taxation: A Survey (2 Credits)
Year One, First Semester
Advanced Federal Income Tax (3)
Corporate Taxation I (2)
Wealth Transfer Taxation I (2)
Partnership Taxation (2)
Tax/Employee Benefits Research (2)
Year One, Second Semester
Civil & Criminal Tax Procedures (2)
IRS Externship (3)
Tax Law Electives (6)

This proposed schedule is based on a one-year degree track. LLM in Tax Law candidates must complete their degree within five years.