Graduate Tax Programs
Loyola's Tax program, ranked among the U.S. News & World Report top ten Tax programs for the past 10 years, offers rigorous, practical training designed to produce practice-ready tax practitioners in a supportive and personalized environment. Loyola's tax faculty includes three of the 15 most academically respected tax professors in the United States and some of the most distinguished tax practitioners in southern California.
One factor that distinguishes us from other tax programs of which we are aware is that our program is not expected to subsidize our JD program. This allows us to be extremely selective in admissions, keep our classes small and offer unusually high-quality instruction for all our students.
Loyola's Tax LLM program, ranked among the U.S. News & World Report top ten Tax LLM programs for the past ten years, offers rigorous, practical training designed to produce practice-ready tax practitioners in a supportive and personalized environment. Loyola's tax faculty includes three of the 15 most SSRN-downloaded tax professors in the United States and some of the most distinguished tax practitioners in southern California.
Our new Master of Tax Law (MT) program makes the same rigorous tax law training available to non-lawyers. In this regard, it is different from most other MT programs. Our courses are taught by tax lawyers, using law texts and intensive problem-based law teaching techniques. Our goal is to give non-lawyers the tools they need to engage in tax research, planning, and dispute resolution at the highest levels.
Although not limited to accountants, our MT program is intended to allow accounting students to satisfy California’s “fifth year” requirements for CPA licensure. Because undergraduate accounting programs vary greatly, students should visit the California Board of Accountancy to determine whether our program will allow them to complete their requirements for California licensure.
Loyola offers what we believe to be the only fully-sequenced 3-year Joint JD/Tax LLM program in the United States. Three years. Two degrees. A program designed to make you practice-ready in tax immediately upon graduation.
Loyola's 3-year joint program offers students significant employment and financial advantages:
- The potential for LL.M.-level tax employment after three years: Many students cannot afford to spend the additional year it normally takes to complete a stand-alone full-time Tax LLM program. Our program allows you to earn your Tax LLM degree from one of the country's Top 10 graduate tax programs without extending the time you spend in school.
- Enhanced job prospects: During the fall on-campus interview season at the beginning of their second year (when big firms hire second-year summer associates on track for permanent offers), students in the joint program can offer employers a credential (completion of the intensive summer tax session) not available from any other law school in the United States.
- Second-year summer open: Students in the joint program will normally be free to accept firm employment during the summer after their second year without conflicting academic obligations.
Loyola’s 3-year Joint JD/Tax LLM Program is also open to JD students already enrolled at other U.S. law schools. The Joint JD/Tax LLM for Visiting Students offers students at other law schools many of the same employment and financial advantages that Loyola’s 3-year Joint JD/Tax LLM program offers to Loyola JD candidates.