School of Law Announces New Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation

Tax LLM is One of Several New USF Law Programs Launched in Recent Months

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 23, 2014) – The USF School of Law announced it will offer a Master of Laws (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.

“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. ” 

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 Arts 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.

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 USF’s E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax, Daniel Lathrope, who is academic director of the program, and Professor Joshua Rosenberg, author or 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 the complex and always changing field of taxation. Courses range from corporate taxation and real estate taxation, to estate planning and international taxation.

The new LLM in Taxation is a 24-credit degree, offered with full- and part-time options, which 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 merit- and need-based 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.

About the University of San Francisco School of Law

The University of San Francisco School of Law is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and stunning cities. The law school pursues excellence in a humane, diverse, and intellectually vibrant learning community of outstanding teachers and scholars dedicated to training ethical professionals. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and innovative programming that educates students to be skilled and effective lawyers ready to practice law. Having celebrated its centennial year in 2012, the USF School of Law is ranked as one of the “Top 170 Law Schools” by Princeton Review and the 10th most ethnically diverse law school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu/law.

Journalists interested in learning more about the new Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation, or to request an interview with Dean John Trasviña, should contact Anne-Marie Devine at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu.