Taxation (LL.M.)

The LL.M. in Taxation is designed for both full-time students and practicing attorneys who want to keep pace with developments in tax law and deepen their understanding of this field.

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The LL.M. in Taxation is designed to meet the needs of students seeking the best theoretical and practical graduate tax education. Each course is structured to immerse students in the theory, analysis, and planning that real-world tax practice demands.

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

The LL.M. in Taxation is designed to meet the needs of students seeking the best theoretical and practical graduate tax education. Each course is structured to immerse students in the theory, analysis, and planning that real-world tax practice demands.

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.

To earn the LL.M. degree, students must complete 12 courses (24 credit hours of course work) in the Graduate Program in Taxation. Of the 12 courses, one may be taken from the curriculum of another Chicago-Kent graduate program, with prior written approval of the director of the Graduate Program in Taxation.

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. program in taxation must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school. In special circumstances, international students may be considered for admission if they hold a J.D., LL.B., or other non-U.S. first law degree. However, international applicants should be aware that the program focuses primarily on U.S. tax law.

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