LL.M. Programs

 

Courses of Study

Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program (GTP) offers one of the most comprehensive curricula for advanced tax studies in the country. Courses are delivered in four formats; all are available to both online and residential students, no matter the mode of delivery. GTP courses are offered in any of the following formats:

Live Instruction Courses (*) – These are traditional graduate-level tax courses, offered on-campus via live instruction. Live Instruction Courses are marked below with an asterisk (*).

Blended Courses (±) – These courses are Live Instruction Courses that are captured on video and then uploaded the following day to the course’s information site (Blackboard). This allows residential and online students to view the same lectures, and to discuss these lectures on the Blackboard discussion forum. Each class will have one or more teaching assistants to serve as a contact for residential and online students, available to handle administrative issues, answer basic questions, aggregate substantive questions around common topics, and present this material to the GTP faculty member, who will address substantive questions and clarify areas of confusion at the beginning of the next class lecture or through a short video posting on the class Blackboard site. All video content will be available to students throughout the course for review on demand. Blended Courses are indicated below with the symbol (±).

Internet-Based Courses (—) – These are courses that are only offered online. They are presented either through:
• a combination of online lectures, simulations, videos, audio, discussion boards, and, in some cases, scheduled live “virtual” classroom sessions; or,
• lectures captured entirely on video and posted on the Blackboard site by the GTP faculty member.
Each class will have one or more teaching assistants to serve as a contact for residential and online students, available to handle administrative issues, answer basic questions, aggregate substantive questions around common topics, and present this material to the GTP faculty member, who will address substantive questions through video postings on the Blackboard site. All content will be available to students throughout the course for review on demand. Internet-Based courses are designated with the symbol (—).

In the Plans: Simulcast Courses - These courses are Live Instruction Courses that are attended by residential students, but are also accessible to online students from remote locations via simulcast technology. In Simulcast Courses, online students can view the live class, ask questions, respond to faculty inquiries, and interact with fellow residential students as if they were actually inside the classroom. As with Blended Courses, Simulcast Courses are captured on video and uploaded to the Blackboard site the following day, allowing residential and online students to not only participate in the same class, but to access any lecture at any time, and to discuss these lectures on the Blackboard discussion forum. As with Blended Courses, each class will have one or more teaching assistants to serve as a contact for residential and online students, available to handle administrative issues, answer basic questions, aggregate substantive questions around common topics, and present this material to the GTP faculty member, who will address substantive questions and clarify areas of confusion at the beginning of the next class lecture or through a short video posting on the class Blackboard site.

Graduate Tax Program Curriculum Information

Required Courses

Elective Courses Offered in 2014-2015

Elective Courses Offered Less Often Than Annually

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