Taxation (J.D./LL.M.)

Enrollment in the joint J.D./LL.M. in Taxation program enables a student to obtain an LL.M. in Taxation by completing as few as six LL.M. courses after receiving the J.D. degree.

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Students in the joint J.D./LL.M. in Taxation program can earn an LL.M. in Taxation by completing as few as six LL.M. courses after receiving the J.D. degree.

Students can choose from a wide array of related seminars and electives, including Tax and Budget Policy, Personal Income Tax, Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, and Tax Planning for International Business.

Our faculty consists of partners in major Chicago law firms, attorneys in the tax groups of national accounting firms, and full-time Chicago-Kent faculty. Some of the most distinguished tax attorneys in Chicago serve on our advisory board.

Program Overview

Students in the joint J.D./LL.M. in Taxation program can earn an LL.M. in Taxation by completing as few as six LL.M. courses after receiving the J.D. degree.

Career Opportunities

Tax attorneys help clients navigate the complex and constantly changing world of federal, state and local tax laws. Practice areas include corporate taxation, international taxation, partnership taxation, employee benefits and retirement plans, nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations, trusts, and personal estate and tax planning.

Many corporations have in-house tax specialists who must be familiar with the tax law and reporting norms of numerous countries and all the states. On the other hand, many small-firm practitioners concentrate on providing business tax planning to a relatively small group of clients, often small business owners.

While a J.D. student, the joint degree candidate will take at least four, but not more than six, courses in the LL.M. program, which will count toward the hours required for the J.D. degree. After earning the J.D. degree, the student will take additional LL.M. courses until 12 LL.M. courses (seven required and five elective) have been successfully completed, including the LL.M. courses taken while a J.D. student.

To receive the LL.M. degree, the student must complete the 12 LL.M. tax courses within a five-year period and must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.500 for all LL.M. courses taken, including those taken while a J.D. student.

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This program is open to J.D. students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. To enroll, a student must be in the upper one-third of their class or receive the permission of the program director. Students must complete LAW 216: Personal Income Tax before enrolling.