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


To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the BU School of Law Tuition & Fees page.



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.


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

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.