Graduate Tax Program Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Tax Program.  Please note that the application process for our residential and online program options differ slightly. Please be sure to follow the appropriate set of application instructions, according to your program option of interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Application Instructions for Traditional, Residential Program Options

Application Instructions for Online Program Option

 

Traditional, Residential Program Application Instructions

Thank you for your intrest in our full- or part-time residential program. Please find detailed information on our application procedure below.

Eligibility to Apply

Candidates for the Graduate Tax Program must hold a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, or an equivalent first degree in law from a comparably recognized law school or law faculty outside the United States. Admission is competitive and depends to a great extent on the demonstration of outstanding ability in previous law studies, particularly in the field of taxation. 

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Interviews

All qualified applicants will be invited to interview with a member of the BU Law staff - in person, if practical, otherwise by Skype or telephone. We will notify applicants of the date and time of scheduled interviews.

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Admissions Decisions

We accept applications for admission throughout the academic year and make decisions on a "rolling" basis. Upon notification of acceptance, a nonrefundable deposit of US $500.00 is required to hold your place in the class. If the deposit is not paid within the specified time, the acceptance will be canceled.

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Application Instructions

Candidates for admission may either apply via the Boston University online application or via the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Applicants should NOT apply using both methods, as it may cause significant delays in application processing and admissions decisions. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office.

Applicants using the LSAC electronic application must use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Applicants using the Boston University online application may also elect to use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Applicants who do not use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service must submit items by mail directly to the LL.M. Admissions Office.

The following items are required supporting materials to complete the application for admission:

  1. Completed Application for Admission form
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize one of the online application options.  However, applicants who are unable to use the online application may request a paper application form to submit by mail. To request a paper application, please contact bullm@bu.edu.
  2. Application Fee
    Payment of a nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $80 must accompany the application. Online applications may pay this fee only by credit card. Other applicants may pay this fee in the form of a money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to Boston University.
  3. Official, Sealed Academic Records
    You should fill out the identifying information at the top of the transcript request form included in the application materials and send it (or a copy of it) to the registrar’s office of each college or university you have attended. Schools should mail official transcripts to you to be submitted, unopened, with the application. (If this procedure is against school policy, you should indicate on the application form that your school is mailing the transcripts directly to us.) The official transcript or an accompanying report must contain your class standing or an official approximation of class standing, together with a description of the school’s grading system. All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals or copies. Complete official transcripts or notarized, full-sized copies of all colleges, universities, or graduate schools from which you have received a degree must be submitted along with an official certification of the law degree received. We recommend that international applicants register with LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. For more information, visit www.lsac.org/llm or read below.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
    You must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are well acquainted with your academic or professional abilities. At least one must be from a former law professor. The other should be from a law professor, a law school administrator, or an employment supervisor. You should fill out the top section of the recommendation form and ask each recommender to complete the bottom section of the form and enclose it with the recommendation letter in an envelope, seal the envelope, sign it across the seal and return it to you to be submitted, unopened, with the other application materials. (If a recommender prefers, she or he may mail the recommendation directly to us, and you should indicate on the application form that the recommender is doing so.)
  5. Personal Statement of Interest
    A carefully worded and detailed personal statement of interest is an important part of your application. You should discuss your personal and professional reasons for pursuing the LL.M. degree. You should also include an explanation of your study interests and their relation to your previous study, employment experiences and professional goals.
  6. Curriculum Vitae
    You must submit your curriculum vitae (resume) as a separate item, not as a substitute for your personal statement..
  7. Law School Admissions Test
    If you have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), you must list on the application form each time you took the test and the scores you received. (We do not require GRE or other standardized test results.).  The LSAT test is not required of foreign-trained applicants.
  8. International Student Data Form
    If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must complete the International Student Data Form and provide the appropriate financial declaration and documentation as described in the form. Applications cannot be processed unless complete financial documentation is submitted.To issue your immigration documents, we need to receive official financial documentation from you demonstrating the availability of funds to cover estimated tuition and living expenses for the academic year. Tuition and expenses for the 2014-2015 academic year will not be released until February 2014. To estimate these costs prior to their release, we suggest adding 5% to the 2013-2014 tuition and living expenses for graduate students. If you will be bringing your spouse and/or children, or if you'll be attending the CELOP Legal English Summer Program, additional funds will be required. Visit CELOP's website to view the program's fees and expenses.
  9. Proof of English language proficiency
    (applicants whose native language is not English)
    Applicants whose first language is not English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) or ILEC (International Legal English Certificate) exam to demonstrate their English competence. LL.M. students must have a high degree of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in the English language. You should take either of these exams as early as possible, preferably eight months or more before your anticipated admission.

    TOEFL. If taking the TOEFL exam, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). If you have taken the new internet-based test, your scores on the individual sections should at a minimum be 25 (reading), 25 (listening), 25 (writing) and 25 (speaking). You must arrange for an official report of your TOEFL scores to be sent to us from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). When submitting score report requests, please use 9627 as the “Institution Code”. The code will be named “Boston University School of Law LL.M. Programs”. Please enter Department Code 03 (for law schools). You also must indicate that your scores should be sent to:

    Boston University School of Law
    LL.M. Admissions Office
    765 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

    IELTS. If taking the IELTS exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 7.0. To send your scores to Boston University School of Law, enter the Law School's name and address (provided above) on the IELTS application form.

    ILEC. If taking the ILEC exam, please visit the Verification of Results site, fill in the provided form, and then click the submit button to have your official ILEC scores sent directly to the LL.M. Admissions Office at Boston University School of Law. If taking the ILEC exam, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of B2. Candidates who receive a score under B2 may still apply to the program, but may be asked to attend an intensive English language program prior to the commencement of law school studies.

    Note: Applicants whose native language is not English may ask us to waive the requirement to take an English language proficiency examination if: a) they have received their first degree in law from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the only primary language is English; or b) they have completed at least two years of post-secondary school education in the United States. Applicants must submit a request for waiver with their application citing their specific circumstances for exemption. The law school retains discretion to approve or deny any waiver request.

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Extended LL.M. Application Instructions

Prospective students with impressive qualifications but who lack the required level of English language proficiency to begin their LL.M. studies on a full-time basis may be eligible for BU Law’s three-semester “Extended LL.M.” option. Under this arrangement, students begin their LL.M. studies with the six-week summer Pre-LL.M. Legal English Program at CELOP. The fall semester then consists of an English language class at CELOP, for which no degree credit would be awarded, as well as two courses in the Graduate Tax Program, for which students receive credit toward the LL.M. degree. For the first semester, Extended LL.M. students pay for each CELOP course and each LL.M. course on a per credit basis. During the second semester, students enroll in a full-time course load (ten credits or more) and pay the full-time tuition rate. During the third semester, students may register for a full-time course of study, or if eligible, a part-time course of study. Students are eligible to enroll on a part-time basis if they can complete their degree requirements through less than a full-time program of study (i.e., less than ten credits) by the end of that semester, and they have advanced authorization from the ISSO. To apply directly to this program option, applicants must submit all of the documents listed above and:

  1. Complete the supplemental Extended LL.M. Application Form and email it to bullm@bu.edu BEFORE submitting your application to the Graduate Tax Program;
  2. Explain in your personal statement why you are best suited for this enrollment option.

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Application Deadlines
LL.M. in American Law  
Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment April 15, 2014
LL.M. in Intellectual Property  
Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment April 15, 2014
LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law  
Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment  
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents July 31, 2014
Citizens of Other Countries April 15, 2014
Spring 2014 Semester Enrollment  
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents November 30, 2013
Citizens of Other Countries October 31, 2013
LL.M. in Taxation  
Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment  
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents July 31, 2014
Citizens of Other Countries April 15, 2014
Spring 2014 Semester Enrollment  
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents November 15, 2013
Citizens of Other Countries October 31, 2013
Applications received after those dates are reviewed on a space available basis.

 

Note Regarding TOEFL scores: We understand that some students are unable to get a TOEFL test date before our application deadline. We will gladly accept applications before the TOEFL scores are availale, and make final decisions once we receive the TOEFL socres.

Non-Degree Students (Graduate Tax Program and Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law Law Only)

The Graduate Tax Program and the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, while designed to lead to the LL.M. degree, we will accept a limited number of highly qualified non-degree students to take selected courses. Non-matriculating students must follow the same admission procedure as degree candidates.

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Part-time Students (Graduate Tax Program and Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law Law Only)

The Graduate Tax Program and the Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law accept part-time students. If you are interested in being a part-time student, you should follow the same admission procedure as full-time applicants.

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Transfer Students (Graduate Tax Program Only)

We offer qualified students enrolled in other LL.M. in Taxation programs the opportunity to transfer into the Graduate Tax Program in either the fall or spring semesters. Transfer applicants must follow the regular application process for admission to the Graduate Tax Program.

Information for International Applicants

LSAC Credential Assembly Service

We strongly recommend (but do not require) that international applicants register with the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This service collects and authenticates the academic records and TOEFL scores of international lawyers who are applying for admission to U.S. LL.M. programs, and sends reports to participating LL.M. programs to which these lawyers have applied. Because applicants will need to obtain only one set of official academic transcripts in order to make them available for all applications to participating law schools, the service should save them time and money.

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Financial Documentation

If you are an international applicant, Boston University is required by U.S. government regulations to check the availabilty of adequate funding for your tuition, fees and living expenses. You will need to include a letter from a bank (on bank stationary) and a letter from the bank account owner (either you or your sponsor) in order to show adequate funding. These letters must have original signatures. Please refer to the International Student Data Form for more information.

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Passport and Visa Information

If you are an international applicant who is currently in the United States, you must submit copies of all current visa documents. If you are accepted for admission, Boston University will ordinarily issue the I-20 Form (needed to secure the F-1 student visa). For additional information concerning passport or visa requirements, you should contact:

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
888 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone 617.353.3565
Fax: 617.358.1170
E-mail isso@bu.edu

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Center for English Language Orientation Program (CELOP)

The Boston University Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) offers a number of intensive language courses, including six-, nine- and twelve-week summer “Legal English” programs for international students who have been admitted to an LL.M. program. We encourage all applicants for admission to American LL.M. programs who received their first degrees in law from countries other than the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom to seek early preparation for their studies by attending a CELOP summer program. CELOP also offers programs in the fall which may be taken on a part-time basis (see Three-Semester LL.M./CELOP Program below). In certain cases, we may offer full-time admission on the condition that the applicant successfully completes one of the CELOP summer programs before fall enrollment. Students should be aware that participation in a CELOP program will increase their expenses. For more information on CELOP programs, visit their Web site.

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Bar Admission

It is generally expected that international students enrolled in LL.M. programs in the United States will return to their home countries after they complete their studies. Most states in the United States will allow only individuals who have earned a Juris Doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association to take their bar examinations. However, New York and a few other states do allow some lawyers from abroad who have received LL.M. degrees from Boston University to take bar examinations. Each of the fifty states of the United States has its own criteria and procedures for admitting lawyers to practice, and these criteria and procedures change from time to time. It is essential that a foreign lawyer who wishes to practice in this country directly contact the lawyer-licensing authority in the state or jurisdiction in which he or she expects to be located. Individuals can also request a copy of the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements from:

The National Conference of Bar Examiners
ABA Order Fulfillment Department
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone 312.988.5522

Bar admissions information is also available at the American Bar Association.

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Transfer to J.D. Program for Foreign-Trained LL.M. Candidates

Foreign-trained students who have completed or are enrolled in an LL.M. program at BU Law may apply for admission to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. The timing and procedures for such applications are the same as those for transfer admission to the J.D. program. If accepted to the J.D. program, students will receive J.D. credits for their BU Law LL.M. work, in accordance with American Bar Association regulations. All standard requirements for the J.D. degree apply, including completion of the full program of first-year study.

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Administrative Policies Relating to Federal Guidelines

Equal Opportunity Policy

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or marital, parental, or veteran status. This policy extends to all rights, privileges, programs and activities, including admissions, financial assistance, employment, housing, athletics and educational programs. Boston University recognizes that nondiscrimination does not ensure that equal opportunity is a reality. The University therefore will continue to take affirmative action to promote equal opportunity for all students, applicants and employees. Inquiries regarding the application of this policy should be addressed to:

Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
25 Buick Street
Boston, MA 02215
Phone 617.353.4477

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Contact Us

Please direct application questions and send application materials to:

Boston University School of Law
LL.M. Admissions Office, Suite 1534
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone 617.353.5323
Fax 617.358.2720
E-mail: bullm@bu.edu

All other correspondence and inquiries may be directed to:

Boston University School of Law
Graduate Tax Program
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1670
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617.353.3105
Fax: 617.353.2368
E-mail: gradtax@bu.edu

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Application Instructions for Online Program Option

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Tax Program's innovative online program option. Please read the application instructions carefully, as they differ slightly from the instructions above. Any questions regarding this application procedure may be directed to an enrollment advisor via email at info@onlinetaxllm.bu.edu or via phone at +1.877.308.9945.

Eligibility to Apply

Candidates for the Graduate Tax Program must hold a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, or an equivalent first degree in law from a comparably recognized law school or law faculty outside the United States. Admission is competitive and depends to a great extent on the demonstration of outstanding ability in previous law studies, particularly in the field of taxation. 

Interviews

All qualified applicants will be invited to interview with a member of the BU Law staff - by telephone or via Skype. We will notify applicants of the date and time of scheduled interviews.

Decisions

We accept applications for admission throughout the academic year and make decisions on a "rolling" basis. Our goal is to provide all applicants with a decision within two weeks after an application is complete. Upon notification of acceptance, a nonrefundable deposit of US $500.00 is required to hold your place in the class. If the deposit is not paid within the specified time, the acceptance will be canceled.

Application Instructions

Candidates for admission may either apply via the Boston Univerity online application or via the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Applicants should NOT apply using both methods, as it may cause significant delays in application processing and admissions decisions. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office.

Applicants using the LSAC electronic application must use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Applicants using the Boston University online application may also elect to use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Applicants who do not use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service must submit items by mail directly to the Off-Site Admissions Support Center (address below).

The following items are required supporting materials to complete the application for admission:

  1. Completed Application for Admission Form
  2. Application Fee
    Payment of a nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $80 must accompany the application.Both the BU online and LSAC applications will prompt you to pay the fee via credit card prior to submission.
  3. Official, Sealed Academic Records
    You should fill out the identifying information at the top of the transcript request form included in the application materials and send it (or a copy of it) to the registrar’s office of each college or university you have attended. Schools should mail official transcripts to you to be submitted, unopened, with the application. (If this procedure is against school policy, you should indicate on the application form that your school is mailing the transcripts directly to us.) The official transcript or an accompanying report must contain your class standing or an official approximation of class standing, together with a description of the school’s grading system. All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals or copies. Complete official transcripts or notarized, full-sized copies of all colleges, universities, or graduate schools from which you have received a degree must be submitted along with an official certification of the law degree received.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
    You must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are well acquainted with your academic or professional abilities. At least one must be from a former law professor. The other should be from a law professor, a law school administrator, or an employment supervisor. You should complete the top part of the recommendation form and distribute to your recommenders. You should ask each recommender to enclose the recommendation form and letter in an envelope, seal the envelope, sign it across the seal and return it to you to be submitted, unopened, with the other application materials. (If a recommender prefers, she or he may mail the recommendation directly to us, and you should indicate on the application form that the recommender is doing so.) *Please note:  Any applicant who graduated from law school 10 or more years ago will be permitted to submit two professional recommendations.
  5. Personal Statement of Interest
    A carefully worded and detailed personal statement of interest is an important part of your application. You should discuss your personal and professional reasons for pursuing the LL.M. in Taxation degree. You should also include an explanation of your study interests and their relation to your previous study, employment experiences and professional goals.
  6. Curriculum Vitae
    You must submit your curriculum vitae (resume) as a separate item, not as a substitute for your personal statement..
  7. Law School Admissions Test
    If you have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), you must list on the application form each time you took the test and the scores you received. (We do not require GRE or other standardized test results.).  The LSAT test is not required of foreign-trained applicants.

International Students Only: If you are an international student, you must also submit proof of English language proficiency in order for your application to be considered complete.  Applicants whose first language is not English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or ILEC (International Legal English Certificate) exam to demonstrate their English competence. LL.M. students must have a high degree of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in the English language. You should take either of these exams as early as possible, preferably eight months or more before your anticipated admission.

For information on how to submit your TOEFL, ILETS or ILEC score, please contact an admissions representative at +1-877-308-9945.

*Please Note:  We strongly recommend (but do not require) that international applicants register with the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This service collects and authenticates the academic records and TOEFL scores of international lawyers who are applying for admission to U.S. LL.M. programs, and sends reports to participating LL.M. programs to which these lawyers have applied. Because applicants will need to obtain only one set of official academic transcripts in order to make them available for all applications to participating law schools, the service should save them time and money.

One last note for international students: when completing the application, you will be prompted to complete a section titled "International Information." You are not required to fill out this section of the application, as this LL.M. program option does not require you to complete any of your studies on-campus. You will be able to successfully submit your application without entering any information in this section.

Both domestic and international applicants must send all other required documents for admission to:

Boston University School of Law
Off-Site Admissions Support Center (Deltak)
851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
Maitland, FL 32751

Application Deadline

Application Deadlines
LL.M. in Taxation, Online Option  
Spring 2014 Semester Enrollment November 15, 2013
Summer 2014 Semester Enrollment April 15, 2014
Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment July 15, 2014
Applications received after those dates are reviewed on a space available basis.

 

Contact Us

All questions relating to the Graduate Tax Program's online option should be directed to our enrollment advisors at the address below:

Boston University School of Law
Off-Site Admissions Support Center
851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
Maitland, FL 32751

Phone: +1.877.308.9945

Email: info@onlinetaxllm.bu.edu