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LLM Programs

USF offers three Master of Law (LLM) programs that make it possible for students who have already earned a law degree to expand their professional expertise and qualifications.

LLM in Taxation

Students in the LLM in Taxation program gain a firm grounding in all major areas of taxation and preparation for advancing or launching successful careers in tax law. They expand their knowledge of tax law and network with established professionals in the field. 

The curriculum for this new, one-year program is both broad and deep. Expert faculty members empower students with a deep understanding of tax laws and Internal Revenue Service pronouncements and teach them to analyze the proposals for tax reform. 

The program is conveniently located at USF’s Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district and at WTAS’ San Francisco office, so that working professionals can easily participate in the program. A unique partnership with WTAS provides the opportunity for WTAS managers and associates to earn their LLM in Taxation conveniently, and all students have the opportunity to take courses with WTAS managers and associates to develop and hone their skills and maximize career and networking opportunities. The program is offered to full- and part-time students.

LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law

The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, which is open to U.S. and foreign candidates with law degrees, provides a thorough exposure to American, international, and comparative intellectual property law. The program equips students with a sufficient grounding in legal theory and practical skills to pursue gainful employment in the intellectual property field in the United States or abroad.

The program requires two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May). The program may also be completed through part-time study with permission of the director.

LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law

Students in the LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law program, offered exclusively to foreign lawyers, may choose to focus on international commercial and business transactions law or on an in-depth study of a particular area of U.S. law.

This small program ensures a high degree of individual attention. In the LLM Mentor Program, all international students benefit from individual counseling with a faculty member and one-on-one mentor relationships with USF alumni who are practicing attorneys or judges. Students attend hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings with mentors, as well as social events.

This degree may be completed in two full-time semesters (August through May). A part-time option is available with approval from the program director. International students who graduate from this LLM program may be eligible to take the bar examination in California and other states.