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To LL.M. (Tax) or not to LL.M (Tax)—That is the question. Prof. Mombrun Prof. Branch Assistant Dean Morgan. Rough Estimate of tax student career path. First Tax Class -- Last Tax Class. Tax Court Law Clerk. LL. M. Program. More JD Tax Classes. First & Last Tax Class. I HATE TAX!!!.

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to ll m tax or not to ll m tax that is the question

To LL.M. (Tax) or not to LL.M (Tax)—That is the question

Prof. Mombrun

Prof. Branch

Assistant Dean Morgan

rough estimate of tax student career path
Rough Estimate of tax student career path

First Tax Class -- Last Tax Class

Tax CourtLaw Clerk

LL. M.Program

More JD Tax Classes

first last tax class
First & Last Tax Class


= No More Steps

Congratulations !

first tax class
First Tax Class

Seriously – an eye opener

First time in law school where you get a real answer in class

--Not usually—It depends or what do you think?

--Normally, either you meet the statutory requirements or you do not

--Love at first sight

--or you heard that tax lawyers make good money—Love at first sight

benefits of an ll m
Benefits of an LL.M.
  • Improve tax job placement significantly
  • Almost a requirement these days
  • Improve substantive tax knowledge—BIG TIME
  • Improve practical knowledge
benefits of ll m
Benefits of LL.M
  • Preparation for career at:
  • IRS or Gvt. Agency
  • Law Firm or Accounting Firm
  • Business or Estate Planning
  • Teaching
  • Choosing New Business Entities
  • In-House Counsel
  • Real Estate
benefits of ll m7
Benefits of LL.M.
  • Probate
  • Personal Income Tax
  • Local Government
preparing for an ll m
Corporate Tax

Advanced Income Tax





Tax Paper

Tax externship or internship

Partnership Tax

Tax Procedure

Gift & Estate Tax

Income Tax of Trusts & Estates

State & Local Tax

Tax Club?

Join ABA Tax Section

Preparing for an LL. M.


you are in your third year
You are in your third year?
  • See what you can do from previous slide
  • Secure really good recommendations from your tax professors
  • Make sure you get the best possible grades in your tax classes and business classes
  • Prepare your application carefully and highlight what makes you unique or different
you are in your second year
You are in your second year!
  • More flexibility!
  • Complete list in slide #8
  • Do well in your tax and business classes
  • Secure really good recommendations
  • Convince your professors that you really want to get that LL.M.
before the ll m program
Before the LL. M. Program
  • Apply in Sept/Oct of 3L year
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Make good grades in all your Tax Classes
  • Take as many Tax Classes as Possible
  • Write a Tax Article
    • Get Published – Enter Competitions!
which program to apply to
Which program to apply to?
  • Go for the top!
  • Caveat: Be sure you know what you want and where you want to be!
  • Above all—APPLY, APPLY, APPLY
special mention u of florida
Special Mention—U of Florida
  • Consistently ranked #1 or #2
  • Rigorous program and very well respected
  • Relatively affordable
  • One year of Florida weather
  • Constantly looking to improve
special mention northwestern
Special Mention--Northwestern
  • Program started in 2002 and they are already ranked #4 by US News
  • They appear very aggressive and committed to the growth of the program
  • 94% of graduates employed within 9 months of graduation
  • TARE—Tax Attorney Recruitment Event
    • Started recruitment drive 2 years ago with the University of Florida and Boston University
what s the ll m program like
What’s the LL. M. Program Like?
  • Like your 1L year … again!
  • Problem-solving based classes
  • Much more reading, researching, & studying
  • Saturation of information
  • Possible thesis paper
  • Makes JD look like kindergarten
applying for jobs in today s market
Applying for Jobs in Today’s Market
  • Résumés vs. Networking
  • Cover Letter
    • Don’t start off with Mickey Mouse opening
    • Sign your name!!!
    • Proofread and reproof for errors and awkward phrasing
  • Complete application packet
  • Join Tax Section Committees