Loyola adds Master of Tax Law program to its highly ranked tax offerings

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is launching a program designed to equip non-lawyers with the skills necessary to excel in the practice of tax planning and consulting and satisfy the “fifth year” requirements for California CPA licensure. Courses will be taught by the faculty of Loyola’s Tax LLM program, the No. 1 graduate tax law program in the West as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The highly selective program seeks applicants with strong accounting, finance or economics backgrounds and GMAT scores of 710 or higher. All regularly admitted students will receive full scholarships for the 2014-2015 inaugural academic year. 

“We are looking for the highest-caliber students who have a range of options for their graduate studies,” said Professor Jennifer Kowal, Tax LLM program director. “The scholarships are just one way of demonstrating that we are committed to providing them an elite program that meets their needs.” 

Instructors include full-time faculty who have served as law firm partners, Treasury Department officials and as a U.S. Supreme Court clerk. Part-time students will have the flexibility of taking day or evening classes – allowing students to work while they complete the degree. 

Loyola’s Tax LLM program has been ranked among the top 10 graduate tax programs in the country for nine years, according to U.S. News, with courses taught by five full-time tax law professors and top expert practitioners. And an average class size of just 12 students in advanced tax courses allows for greater personalization and more problem-based instruction.“Rather than simply learning rules, students will learn how the tax laws apply to common situations, and how to structure business operations and transactions to achieve the best tax results,” said Kowal.

Practical-training offerings include five live-client clinics, as well as numerous tax externships and experiential-learning opportunities that take full advantage of Loyola’s downtown LA location.

“Tax planning and consulting is a high-demand field, and our contacts at large accounting firms tell us that as they outsource more basic tax functions, they need more employees with high-level tax training focused on planning,” said Kowal. “After hiring students from our graduate tax program over the last several years, they know our program provides this training.”