Graduate Tax Program

Academic Programs

The tax program has over 40 tax faculty members, consisting of a diverse group of full-time, adjunct, and global visiting professors with expertise in all areas of tax practice. Our large faculty allows us to offer about 50 courses on different areas of tax law.

Full-time LLM in Taxation

This two-semester program begins each fall and is ideal for students seeking an entry-level position in tax law in the US. All full-time Taxation LLM students are assigned a faculty adviser. Many students in this program are recent graduates of a JD program and have excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in taxation. Some students have prior legal experience.  Each year a few foreign-educated students pursue this degree program, though most foreign-educated students with an interest in tax pursue the LLM in International Taxation. For foreign-educated students who are interested in working in the US on a long-term basis (typically dependent on an employer obtaining an H-1B visa), the three-year JD degree is a more versatile degree and allows students to sit for the bar exam in many more states. Students who were not educated in a common law jurisdiction can often qualify to sit for the New York bar exam while pursuing the  Taxation LLM by taking coursework related to the bar exam

Part-time LLM in Taxation

This program is ideal for currently-practicing tax lawyers who are based in or near Manhattan. We feature evening courses, and a portion of the degree may be completed with online courses. Students generally take 3 to 5 years to complete the program, and summer courses are available.

There are about 110-115 students in the full-time Tax LLM program and roughly 130-150 students in the part-time Tax LLM program.  

LLM in International Taxation

The International Tax Program enrolls 18-28 students each year. The International Tax Program trains lawyers to work effectively in our increasingly global commercial environment. Law firms outside of the US are interested in US tax law which reaches beyond the borders of the US and affects their clients. This program's required courses cover these topics in great detail. Students in the International Tax Program and the Graduate Tax Program participate in most courses together, providing both groups of students with unparalleled opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships that will last their lifetimes.

This small "ITP" program is for students who received their first degree in law outside of the US. All ITP students are assigned a faculty adviser. The curriculum focuses heavily on US tax laws relating to cross-border transactions. Classes begin in mid-August and end in May.  The typical student in this program has been practicing tax law outside of the US for a few years. In recent years, approximately half of the graduates from this program remain to work in the US for a period of time, with perhaps roughly a quarter of the class remaining in the US long-term. Some students' studies are sponsored by their employer or government, and they typically return to their home country, while other students return to their home country to return to their prior employer and family. For foreign-educated students who are interested in working in the US on a longer term basis (typically dependent on an employer obtaining an H-1B visa), the three-year JD degree is a more versatile degree and allows students to sit for the bar exam in many more states.  Students who were not educated in a common law jurisdiction can often qualify to sit for the New York bar exam while pursuing the International Tax LLM by taking coursework related to the bar exam. However, as the degree requires 17 credits of specific tax coursework, taking the 12 credits of non-tax bar exam coursework leaves little room to take other tax elective courses.

Executive LLM in Taxation

This part-time online degree program is ideal for current tax practitioners located outside of New York City. There are a few countries or teritories excluded. Students can complete the degree entirely online, typically in 3 to 5 years of study. Online students take the same exam as on campus students, and are graded on the same curve with on-campus JD and LLM students when a on-campus course is also offered online. Our intention is to reach the best tax practitioners, not just those who are based in New York. The typical student profile is a tax lawyer with 5 to 15 years of experience. Online study is not recommended for students seeking an entry-level position, as we feel that in-person interactions with faculty and other tax students are very important to develop. Current practitioners with a few years of experience already have a network of colleagues, and thus online learning can be a good fit for them. The Executive LLM program typically has 90-110 students enrolled.  

Advanced Professional Certificates in Taxation

The certificate programs are part-time courses of study, some of which can be completed online. We offer three areas of concentration: estate planning, international taxation, and corporate taxation. These are small programs, and are intended for practitioners who do not need to take a full 24 credit LLM course of study, and who wish to only focus on one area. Students cannot double count credit from their LLM towards the requirements of these certificates.

Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Taxation

This online-only part-time program is intended for experienced tax practitioners who are not attorneys. We require a minimum of three years work experience in tax, and applicants commonly already hold a master's degree in a related discipline.  Typically, this degree has appealed to CPAs and Economists who work closely with attorneys on complex transactional tax issues.  The program features the same online courses as are offered in our Executive LLM in Taxation program.