LLM in Taxation
USF offers the premier option in Northern California to prepare for tax practice.
USF's LLM in Taxation program will equip you with the skills and specialized knowledge to launch a tax law career, or move your existing practice forward.
With full-time, part-time, online, and on-the-ground options, the USF LLM in Taxation program can be customized to meet your needs. The program is headquartered at USF’s Downtown Campus, in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Up to 12 JD transfer credits from an ABA-accredited law school may be accepted.
USF's Partnership with Andersen Tax
Students enrolled in USF’s LLM in Taxation Program can take courses at the San Francisco headquarters of Andersen Tax. Studying alongside this distinguished accounting firm's managers and associates, students hone their skills while enhancing their network.
Our faculty are true experts in tax law, empowering students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies to be prepared for a career in the complex and ever-changing field of taxation. Distinguished faculty include 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, as well as practitioners from the IRS, international law firms, and notable accounting firms.
Hands-On Experience & Networking
Students graduate well-prepared for private practice, in-house positions, government positions, and tax departments of businesses in a range of industries and each year more than 90 percent of our graduates have jobs lined up by the time they graduate.
Dedicated academic and career counselors help select courses and professional development opportunities for each student, and USF's job placement process draws on our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts. Students benefit from a range of experiential learning opportunities, including the Tax Appeals Assistance Program and both private sector and government externships. Through extensive networking opportunities, such as the annual Tax Law Lecture Series, students build their network by meeting prominent tax and accounting professionals.
Networking is a special aspect of the USF LLM in Taxation program. Thanks to the connections I made, I’ve been able to enlarge my firm’s business network, sign new clients, and enrich my tax knowledge to better serve my clients who need help with business visas and pre-immigration tax planning.”
Marc Santamaria, LLM ’15
Attorney, Santamaria Law Firm, PC
- At the 2018 Alumni Graduates Dinner Professor Davis Yee received the Hon. Ira A. Brown Jr. Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award and the Andersen Tax Awards went to JD/MBA student Michael McQuiller ’18 and LLM student Brandon Oldham ’18
- The Graduate Tax Program hosted the second annual E. L. Wiegand Visiting Fellows Program featuring the 2018 fellow, Caroline D. Ciraolo. A partner with Kostelanetz & Fink and former acting assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Ciraolo discussed the new era of global tax enforcement and its impact on taxpayers, their advisors, and third party gatekeepers, including banks and other financial service providers. This program is funded by a grant from the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust.
- Ian Fontana Brown '17 wrote the article "The UP-C IPO and Tax Receivable Agreements: Legal Loophole?" published in the special report section of Tax Notes.
- Adjunct Professor Davis Yee was awarded the 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize for his essay "The Professional Responsibility of Fair Play When Dealing with a Pro Se Adversary."
- USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition
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Ranked 3rd best JD tax program and 8th best LLM tax program by Tax Talent