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USF Launches New LLM in Taxation at Downtown Campus

January 09, 2014

The USF School of Law will offer an LLM in Taxation program at the university’s downtown campus beginning in fall 2014. Applications are now being accepted for the new program, which will provide students with a firm grounding in the major areas of taxation and prepare them to launch or advance careers in tax law.

The new LLM in Taxation is offered at USF's downtown campus for both full- and part-time students.

In recent months, the School of Law has added several new programs in response to a changing legal market. The new JD/Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) and JD/Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) programs, in partnership with the USF College of Arts and Sciences Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good, offer students an education that is greater than the sum of its parts, as well as time and cost savings. For USF undergraduates, a new 3+3 Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor program offers a unique opportunity to earn two degrees in six years. These academically rigorous programs put students on the job market faster while gaining the broad skills and specialized experience their careers demand.

“Our new LLM in Taxation is the latest in a series of new USF School of Law initiatives to help students and practitioners develop the skills and perspectives to maximize their career opportunities and better serve their communities, ” said Dean John Trasviña. “Tax law is woven into all aspects of our society, and we’re proud to offer this new program to train lawyers to be experts in the intricacies of tax. While we and other law schools adapt to changes in the profession, our mission remains the same: Promoting excellence in the legal profession, training law students to become problem solvers and leaders in our communities, and demonstrating to young people the importance and value of law careers in our society.” 

The new LLM in Taxation, offered with full- and part-time options, will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of tax law and network with established professionals in the field. They will graduate well-prepared for the private practice of tax law, in-house counsel positions, and positions in the tax departments of businesses or allied professions. The program is 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. Special financial aid packages are available to the inaugural class (enrolling fall 2014).

The addition of the new LLM in Taxation brings the law school’s LLM offerings to three. USF continues to offer LLM degrees in IP and Technology Law and International Transactions and Comparative Law.

The curriculum for the new LLM in Taxation program is both broad and deep. Courses are taught by USF’s own expert full-time faculty members—including E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax Daniel Lathrope, who is academic director of the program, and Professor Joshua Rosenberg, author of leading treatises in tax law—along with adjunct professors who are experienced tax practitioners. Together, they empower students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and the policies on which those laws rest so they are equipped with skills necessary for a career in taxation. Courses range from corporate taxation and real estate taxation, to estate planning and international taxation, and more.

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