Boston University School of Law Launches Online LL.M in Taxation

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(Boston) – Boston University School of Law now offers its nationally recognized Graduate Tax Program, leading to an LL.M. in Taxation, in an online, interactive format.  Fall recruitment is now open with an application deadline of August 3, 2012.

This program option, delivered through BU’s award-winning online portal, is ideal for domestic and foreign-trained lawyers working in a wide variety of practice areas who wish to build their expertise in tax law and expand their client base.  Designed for the schedules of working attorneys, the online tax LL.M. option can be completed in as few as four sessions of part-time study or over the course of four years. Students may begin the program at three convenient times per year — fall, spring or summer.

Established in 1959, BU Law’s LL.M. tax program offers practitioners advanced training in tax law, an increasingly challenging area of practice in today’s complex and global regulatory environment.  The online option is taught by the same experienced teaching faculty from BU’s residential Graduate Tax Program — accomplished and respected practitioners with extensive experience at private law firms and accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service.  Students will not only master key concepts of tax law but will also develop a practical understanding of how attorneys handle complex tax issues in the real world.

“This is an exciting initiative that will allow both domestic and internationally trained lawyers to advance their careers while maintaining their practices, either in the US or abroad,” said John Riccardi, assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs.  “The online program option offers the same rigorous training as our residential program, with courses taught by the same highly experienced instructors who teach in Boston.”


Students in the online option have access to a range of support services, including academic advising and career guidance.  “At BU Law, providing LL.M. students with a vast array of student services is a top priority,” says Anne Benson, assistant director of the Graduate Tax Program.  “We are committed to providing our online students with the same outstanding support as our on-campus students.”

Despite the recent economic downturn, tax law continues to offer career opportunities.  In today’s complex and global regulatory environment, attorneys with advanced knowledge and training in tax law are needed at large corporations, start-up ventures, nonprofits and government agencies, as well as for individual clients.

BU Law’s launch of the online taxation program option signals the school’s continued commitment to online education.  In March 2011, BU Law expanded its LL.M. Programs with the launch of its Executive LL.M. in International Business Law Program, an innovative blended-learning program designed for practitioners whose professional demands make it difficult to attend a traditional two-semester residential LL.M. program.

Created in response to the globalization of law in the corporate sector and heightened demand for lawyers with advanced training in cross-border matters, the Executive LL.M. Program combines intensive two-week on-campus classes with online instruction before and after the residency sessions.

Residency sessions are offered four times a year, and students may begin the program with any session.  The program’s flexible schedule enables students to complete the program in less than a year, or take up to five years to earn their degree.  Beginning in 2013, participants in the Executive LL.M. Program will have the opportunity to earn a concentration in international taxation online, by completing courses offered through the Graduate Tax Program’s online option.

For more information about Boston University School of Law and the online Graduate Tax Program, go to  Interested candidates should click here to apply through the School of Law or here through the Law School Application Council (LSAC).

About Boston University School of Law

Founded in 1872, Boston University School of Law has built a longstanding reputation characterized by excellence in teaching and a culture dedicated to student success. A pioneer in legal education, it was among the first law schools to admit students without regard to race, gender or ethnicity. Today, BU Law ranks #5 in tax law among U.S. law schools that offer an LL.M. in Taxation, according to the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

About Boston University

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 32,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States.  BU contains 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.