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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, so that working professionals can easily participate in the  program.

LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law and
LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology 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. The LLM  in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, which is open to foreign and U.S. candidates  with law degrees, focuses on American and international law in the intellectual property field.

Combined enrollment for both programs is limited to approximately 30 students each year to ensure 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.

Both LLM degree programs can be completed in two full-time semesters (August through May). A part-time option is available with approval from the program director.

Graduates of the LLM programs may be eligible to take the bar examination in California and other states.