There are a number of enrollment options for students interested in the Graduate Tax Program. You may attend on either a part-time or full-time basis. Classes are scheduled only during the late afternoon and evening hours to facilitate participation by working lawyers.

Online Option

The LLM in Taxation is now offered through a 24-credit online program option, which provides the same course of study as the traditional Graduate Tax Program. This online option, which leads to the BU Law LLM in Taxation, is ideal for domestic and internationally trained tax lawyers whose jobs preclude them from attending our traditional on-site program option in Boston.

Extended LLM

Prospective students with impressive qualifications and a strong interest in tax law, but who lack the requisite English language proficiencies to begin the LLM program with full-time law studies, are encouraged to apply to our three-semester Extended LLM program option. Under this arrangement, the LLM program begins with the six-week summer Pre-LLM Legal English Program at Boston University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP). Then, in the fall semester, students take Federal Tax I and up to two additional courses in the Graduate Tax Program, in addition to their English classes at CELOP. In the second semester, students pursue law studies full-time. In the third and final semester, students complete all courses required for the degree. Students may only begin the Extended LLM program option in the fall semester.

Bar Qualification Enrollment Option

Prospective foreign-trained students who seek the LLM in Taxation degree and also qualification to sit for the New York Bar exam should consider the GTP’s bar qualification enrollment option.

Under this arrangement, students complete a total of 32 credits in the Graduate Tax Program, over the course of three semesters, in order to earn the credits required for the LLM In Taxation while also fulfilling the foreign-lawyer eligibility requirements set forth by New York’s Board of Law Examiners. Students enrolled in this option must complete 24 credits, including all courses required for the New York Bar, through on-campus studies. The remaining eight credits may be earned through online or on-campus studies. Foreign-trained jurists who wish to earn an LLM degree from BU Law and qualify for the New York Bar without enrolling in a third semester of studies are encouraged to apply to the LLM In American Law Program, which offers a concentration in tax law.

For many students, the bar qualification enrollment option offers the ideal course of study, as it allows them to earn the highly valued BU Law LLM In Taxation degree while satisfying the New York Bar’s requirements. Prospective students interested in this enrollment option are encouraged to contact the Graduate Tax Program for additional information.

Accelerated Tracks for JD Students

JD students with a strong interest in tax law have the opportunity to complete both the JD and LLM in Taxation in as few as six semesters of study. Learn more about the six- and seven-semester tracks.