Master of Laws in Taxation Law

Tax law has become an increasingly challenging area of practice in today’s complex and global regulatory environment, and Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program stands at the forefront of preparing lawyers to meet these challenges. In fact, BU Law is ranked #8 in the nation in tax law according to U.S. News & World Report (2017 edition).

BU Law’s renowned Graduate Tax Program, first established in 1959, is available through online instruction, enabling practitioners to receive either fundamental or advanced training in a convenient, accessible format. This 24-credit option provides the same rigorous and comprehensive course of study—and expert faculty—as BU Law’s traditional, residential Graduate Tax Program.

The online Graduate Tax Program enables students to master not only the fundamental concepts of tax law, but also develop a thorough understanding of how complex tax issues are handled across a variety of practical settings.

Professional Support for Students and Graduates of the LLM in Taxation

At Boston University you can participate in personalized counseling sessions aimed to help you identify and achieve your professional goals. Each 45-minute session is tailored to your individual needs. All advisors are former practicing attorneys whose real-world experience can translate into real-world strategies for your career success. Session topics are yours to select and are not limited to the following:

  • Interview preparation;
  • Résumé optimization and formatting;
  • Professional etiquette and networking strategies;
  • Professional development tactics designed to promote career advancement.

The tools and strategies provided in these one-on-one sessions are designed to enhance your professional standing in the practice. Available upon the successful completion of your first 12 credits, the sessions will be an important part of your overall BU Law education.

Additional support includes:

  • Professional Development Guides
  • Online Job Database
  • Alumni Database and Networking
  • Tax Attorney Recruiting Event (TARE)

Awards & Accreditations

#8, Best Law Schools, Tax Law, U.S. News & World Report, 2017

#2, LLM in Taxation, Best of the National Law Journal (2014 Edition)

Why Choose BU’s Master of Laws in Taxation?

  • You’ll benefit from a personalized course of study from a curriculum that blends practice and theory.
  • Your advanced law degree from BU is valued by a wide variety of employers: As of January 2015, over 92% of the Class of 2014 was fully employed: of this 92%, 35% were employed at accounting firms, 42% at law firms, 21% as in-house counsel, and 2% at government bodies. And they’re not just employed in New England: 46% of employed Class of 2014 graduates work in either the Mid-Atlantic, the West Coast, the Midwest, the South, or internationally.
  • This LLM program option is ideal for domestic and foreign-trained lawyers who seek to expand their expertise in tax law, and features:
    • Accessible and engaged faculty
    • Live sessions
    • Diverse course content offering a balance between fundamental tax law and specific tax law subjects
    • A top-ranked degree from a highly valued institution
  • The program provides:
    • A fundamental understanding of the practical application of tax theory
    • Enhanced knowledge of tax law to better serve clients and employers
    • Specialized training that can lead to an expanded client base
    • Intensive training in tax that can lead to a new direction in one’s legal
    • An advanced law degree that employers value

Cost

Cost per Credit

$2,083 per Credit

Cost of a Typical Course

$8,332 (4 credits)

Technology Fee

$60 per Credit

Student Services Fee

$60 per Semester

Curriculum

The 24-credit online curriculum may be completed in as few as two sessions of full-time study, or part time over the course of up to four years—a flexible arrangement designed for the schedules of busy professionals whose responsibilities preclude enrollment in our on-campus program. The online format allows students to begin the program in any of the three sessions—fall, spring, or summer.

In order to receive BU Law’s Master of Laws in Taxation, students enrolled in the fully online option must complete 24 credits of coursework.

  • All online students are expected to complete the degree requirements within four years.
  • Twenty-four (24) credits are required to complete the degree program.
  • Required courses include Federal Income Taxation I & II, Tax Practice and Procedure, Partnership Tax I, and Introduction to Corporate Tax.
  • Requirements and prerequisites can be waived based on prior coursework.

Please visit the course page on the School of Law site for a comprehensive list.

Admissions standards to the online LLM in Taxation program option are the same as those for the traditional, residential option. Learn more about the admissions requirements for the Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation program.

Faculty

Melissa Langa

Adjunct Professor of Law; Member, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C.
LLM in Taxation, JD, Boston University School of Law; BA, cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Daniel M. Berman

Adjunct Professor of Law; Principal, McGladrey LLP
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School; AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College

Joseph B. Darby, III

Partner in Tax Department, Sullivan & Worcester LLP–Boston office
JD, cum laude, Harvard University; BS, magna cum laude, University of Illinois

Richard T. Ainsworth

Adjunct Professor of Law
LLM in Taxation, Boston University; JD, Suffolk University; BBA, Boston College

Robert M. Finkel

Adjunct Professor of Law; Member, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C.
LLM in Taxation, JD, Boston University School of Law; BA, cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Charles W. Maurer, Jr.

Adjunct Professor of Law; Attorney, Internal Revenue Service; Office of the Chief Counsel–Boston
JD, Harvard University; BS, Iowa State University

Brainard L. “Skip” Patton

Adjunct Professor of Law; Practicing Attorney
JD, Boston University School of Law; BS, BA, University of Tennessee

Matthew D. Schnall

Adjunct Professor of Law; Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
JD, cum laude; AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University

Scholarships Available

Veteran Assistance through:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill

Getting Started

To learn more about BU Law’s online Graduate Tax Program option, contact an admissions representative at 877-308-9945 or visit the School of Law website.