Six-Semester JD/LLM in Taxation

Boston University School of Law is pleased to offer JD students with a strong interest in tax law the opportunity to earn BU Law’s JD and LLM in Taxation in six semesters. By taking qualifying courses during the second and third years of the JD program, a student earns credit toward the LLM in Taxation.

JD students may apply for admission to the six-semester JD/LLM in Taxation at any time during their second year at BU Law. In order to be eligible for the LLM degree, a Six-Semester Program student must earn a total of 24 credits in qualified tax courses, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above for those 24 credits.

Admissions requirements and qualified tax course listing are available here.

  • Total Number of Credits: 85 credits minimum (students must have 24 qualified credits of tax courses)
  • Enrollment: Full-time enrollment only
  • Semester Start: September or January start

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Possess knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
  • Possess the ability to perform:
    • Legal analysis and reasoning
    • Legal research
    • Problem-solving
    • Written communication in the legal context
    • Oral communication in the legal context;
  • Understand the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system;
  • Demonstrate the professional skills of collaboration, counseling, and negotiation needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession. All students will also demonstrate a basic understanding of business fundamentals and be able to read and understand basic financial documents; and
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the US tax system, law, and procedures.