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LL.M. in Taxation

The Graduate Tax Program, established in 1959 as one of the first graduate tax programs in the nation, continues to be one of the best. The Program is designed to expose you to the rigorous academic challenges of current tax law, and to train you to be an excellent tax practitioner. BU Law ranks 5th among American law schools that offer an LL.M. degree in Taxation, according to U.S. News and World Report. An LL.M. in Taxation from BU Law reflects a mastery of the practice, ethics and subtleties of tax law.

The goal of the Program is to confer an advanced degree that reflects a mastery of tax law—its practice, its ethics and some of its subtleties. The broad curriculum offers five required courses and 33 electives which provide students with an in-depth examination of specific areas of interest. Faculty maintain a balance between tax law theory and the practical needs of degree candidates wishing to excel as tax practitioners.

The Program’s student body is comprised of both recent graduates of law schools throughout the country and practitioners at many of the nation’s leading law and tax consulting firms. Graduates engage in private practice, government agencies and corporate law departments. 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.

Director's Welcome

Richard T. AinsworthDear Students, Colleagues and Friends,

I'm pleased to welcome you to the BU Law Graduate Tax Program Web site, and to provide you with a bit of information about this nationally renowned program.

Our Graduate Tax Program currently enrolls 57 full-time students and 85 part-time students. These talented men and women, who received their law degrees from approximately 43 law schools in the U.S. and 15 overseas institutions, are diverse by every measure.

The relatively large size of the Graduate Tax Program makes it possible to offer a curriculum that's truly enviable in its breadth and depth, allowing students to concentrate their study of tax law, if they wish, in specific practice areas. Instruction is provided by both tax scholars who are members of the full-time faculty and distinguished tax practitioners from law firms, tax consulting firms and the Internal Revenue Service.

We encourage you to learn more about our school and our city through this site. And we certainly hope that you will contact us if you would like to receive a copy of our bulletin, if you have any further questions, or if you would like to stop by the School for a visit.

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Richard T. Ainsworth
Director, Graduate Tax Program


Jay Darby, Lecturer in Law

Jay Darby, Lecturer in LawTax Writer of the Year
Joseph B. Darby III, Esq., a lecturer at law in the Graduate Tax Program, was recently recognized as the "Tax Writer of the Year - 2007" by World Trade Executive, a family of 22 tax and business publications. To learn more about his interest in writing and his teaching style, we recently caught up with Professor Darby at his office in Boston at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
>>Read Q&A with Professor Darby


Contact Us:

Boston University School of Law
Graduate Tax Program
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1670
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617.353.3105
Fax: 617.353.2368


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