Loyola’s Tax LLM Program Opens Door to Fulfilling Career
Tiffany Mosely graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with a JD degree in 2010. Inspired by her volunteer work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or VITA, Tiffany pursued a career in tax representing every day and low-income taxpayers before the IRS in audit and various tax controversy cases. While she enjoyed her work, she still felt she could be doing more with her career.
The network she developed during her time at Loyola also had grown into her professional support system, which is why, when she decided to pursue her personal interest in tax and needed to continue to develop her skills, she returned to Loyola for a Tax LLM. Loyola’s Tax LLM program is currently ranked among the top 10 programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
“My first semester in Loyola’s Tax LLM program has affirmed my enthusiasm for tax and provided me with opportunities to grow the skills and experience in areas I have wanted to grow. Loyola quickly engaged me in tax research through both coursework and in practice off of campus, which I had been eager to dive into more deeply. I feel Loyola has given me exposure, and access to, the tools I need to further my career.”
Mosely recommends pursuing an LLM in Taxation to anyone who wishes to practice tax law or estate planning. Her professors, who are leaders in the tax field in their own right, have provided her with insight she didn’t expect.
“I have had to learn a lot of the substance of some areas in tax law through practice, and now having a structured but innovative curriculum has augmented my curiosity in tax in a way I did not anticipate,” she says.
As far as plans after Loyola, Mosely just started a new role as Lead Tax Senior Associate at RSM US LLP where she will work in tax consulting and conduct tax research she finds compelling, especially in light of shifting tax reforms.
“I hope to grow my career serving middle market taxpayers. As RSM is very dedicated to community service, I also hope to expand my taxpayer outreach activities while working with the firm,” shares Mosely. “I am also very excited about my recent appointment to the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, which is a three year volunteer commitment to serving on a federal advisory committee focused on outreach and providing the IRS with practical solutions to problems taxpayers face when dealing with the Service.”
As note to others who wish to pursue an LLM degree – Mosely recommends potential students take the time to carefully consider whether they want live or online classes. For her, the in-person classes won out.
“I have found the camaraderie and support of the faculty and my classmates to be invaluable. Recent tax reform has also made the area such an active practice for all attorneys and live updates from such noteworthy professionals has been so useful,” says Mosely.
The program itself has made a tremendous difference in her career trajectory.
“I thoroughly enjoy the program; it has truly opened doors for me. Loyola will challenge you to be your best self academically and professionally, but the law school also provides the support you need to achieve those goals,” says Mosely. “I am confident that Loyola was the right choice for me to earn my Juris Doctor and now in pursuing my LLM in Taxation.”