Graduate Tax Programs

Take your potential, your ambition, and your career to the next level by enrolling in a tax law program at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Whether you are currently practicing law and looking to specialize in taxation, or applying to law school and want to dedicate your focus to tax law, or working as a finance professional looking to deepen your tax law expertise, USF has a program shaped to suit your needs.

Why Choose USF?

  • Faculty. Our team of full-time and adjunct professors are well-connected experts in their fields, with a passion for scholarship and dedication to teaching
  • Location. Being headquartered in the middle of San Francisco’s Financial District puts you at the West Coast’s financial epicenter
  • Hands-On Training. Externships in the Bay Area, a tax law clinic, and other experiential learning opportunities shape an education that immediately translates to professional application
  • Networking. Faculty and career counselors who connect you to the right people and companies, the Andersen Tax partnership that introduces you to tax specialists in every field, and our annual tax lecture series that places you in front of a Who’s Who of the tax world all provide ways to make yourself known as a USF tax law student, and future employee
  • Flexible. Most of our tax law courses are available online, and all programs can be completed on a full- or part-time basis to allow you to complete the program on your terms

LLM in Taxation Degree

USF’s LLM in Taxation provides practicing attorneys with a specialized degree that gives expertise in the tax field, helping you advance your career. Courses include corporate taxation, real estate taxation, estate planning, and international taxation, among others, and hands-on skills training is a key feature of our program. 

JD/LLM in Taxation Dual Degree

The Juris Doctor/LLM in Taxation dual degree program gives law students in-depth knowledge of tax law and policy. Students may earn a JD and LLM in Taxation with only one additional semester after completing the traditional three-year JD program, and both full-time and part-time students are eligible. 

MLST Degree

The Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) equips non-lawyers with a deep understanding of the complex tax law landscape. Students take courses together with LLM in Taxation students who are practicing attorneys, and a specialized introductory course in tax law for MLST scholars is offered.

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Faculty and Curriculum

Hands-on, real-world training is a key element of all USF graduate tax programs, as experiential learning is part of your transition to (or advancement in) the world of tax. Classes are created for each program to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s tax clientele, and our professors are experts in the field. To allow the greatest flexibility and ensure that students have easy access to courses, almost all courses are offered online and can be taken by full- or part-time students. The end results of relevant classes, practical applications, accomplished faculty, and flexible schedules are graduates prepared to rise to the challenges of the profession. 

Partnership with Andersen Tax: Studying alongside this distinguished accounting firm's managers and associates, students hone their skills while enhancing their professional network.

cassandra banksNot only is the education top-notch in USF’s graduate tax program, but everyone in the program cares about making sure students are on the career paths they want to be on. I loved that my employment aspirations were important to my professors, and I was impressed by how practical and immediately applicable the lessons were. It gave me that boost that I needed, and my degree propelled me into my new career at Andersen Tax.”

Cassandra Banks LLM ’16
Associate at Andersen Tax; hired there upon graduation after completing an internship during her LLM program

Career Prospects

When you graduate with an advanced tax law degree from USF, your career options open up in sectors from start-ups, to traditional tax firms, to boutique agencies, to the federal government. From 2017 to 2018, an average of  94% of USF tax law graduates had jobs the day they graduated. 

Select Recent Employers of USF Tax Program Graduates

  • Andersen Tax
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Orrick
  • US Tax Court