Obtain comprehensive and systematic training in the nation's most prestigious tax program, and gain the skills you'll need to respond effectively to complex problems.
Watch: Leo Hu LLM ‘22 on why he chose the NYU Graduate Tax Program.
The NYU Graduate Tax Program faculty includes several of the country’s top academic figures in the tax field who specialize in a range of its doctrinal areas: corporate taxation, partnership taxation, taxation of real estate ventures, estate and gift taxation, and international taxation. Our Graduate Tax Program also boasts leading voices in tax policy, many of whom bring their experience from the highest levels of government to the classroom.
You also will choose from courses taught by specialists in areas such as state and local taxation, and by New York practitioners who combine an extraordinary commitment to teaching with the sophisticated knowledge they've accumulated from their years of experience.
As a full-time student, you will be assigned an advisor from the ranks of our permanent tax faculty who will serve as your mentor in the program.
Your Tax Curriculum
You can choose from one of our five suggested courses of study in general taxation, business taxation, international taxation (for US-trained attorneys), estate planning, or tax policy. They provide guided paths through our 50+ tax classes so that you establish a strong foundation in the practice area you've chosen for your career. You also will meet with your faculty advisor and experienced academic and career administrators before finalizing a curriculum that meets your goals.
Full-time lawyers who pursue the LLM in Taxation on a part-time basis typically complete the requirements in two to three years. For added flexibility, you may opt to take fewer credits in a given semester or integrate up to 12 credits of online classes into your overall curriculum. The part-time Executive LLM in Taxation, which can be completed entirely online, offers even more flexibility. In both programs, some students opt to take a few credits of our summer tax classes to complete the requirements at a faster pace.
Since its founding in 1945, NYU Law’s Graduate Tax Program has produced the best and the brightest in the area. Its more than 10,000 alumni are leaders in major law and accounting firms, government, the judiciary, academia, and large corporations worldwide.
NYU Law also regularly invites junior academics with distinguished records and new ideas to join the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professors of Tax Law. In the 50+ years of this program, scores have trained for their careers in law teaching, cementing the Graduate Tax Program's central role in the training that generations of tax lawyers receive at law schools across the US.
Watch: Professor David Kamin '09 (on leave) talks about why he chose tax, his journey from student to policymaker, and how he brings both perspectives to his teaching.
You will gain exposure to the latest developments in the field and make connections with some of its well-respected leaders at frequent luncheon lectures, events and programs.
Centers and Journals
Tax Law Center
National Center on Philanthropy and the Law
Tax Law Review (faculty-edited)
NYU/KPMG Lecture on Current Issues in Taxation
Tillinghast Lecture on International Taxation
NYU/UCLA Tax Policy Symposium
Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium
Law and Government Society
Tax Law Association
For the past number of years, full-time LLM in Taxation graduates were more than 90 percent employed within 10 months—in fact, last year 100 percent were employed by the October after graduation. Get ready for your next career move as you prepare to join NYU Law's network of 10,000+ tax alumni:
- The Office of Career Services supports your private sector job search.
- The Public Interest Law Center assists with your future public service career.
- Apply for post-graduate fellowships for LLMs in human rights or international finance and development.
- Explore the fully-funded JSD program, research fellowships at some of our centers and institutes, and the Law School's academic career fellowships.
- Learn more about the path from NYU to the New York bar for foreign-educated LLMs.
Meet the 2022-23 Faculty Director
Brant Hellwig LLM '00
Professor of Tax Law
Brant Hellwig, former dean of the Washington & Lee School of Law, joined NYU Law in 2022 as a Professor of Tax Law and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program. An expert in federal taxation, he has produced prolific scholarship on a wide range of topics, and co-authored three casebooks in different areas of tax. Read more about Professor Hellwig