Master of Legal Studies in Taxation

Build tax law expertise and jump start your career with USF's Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) Program.

With USF's Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) program, accounting and finance professionals can study tax law alongside practicing lawyers and law students. MLST students who want to build their knowledge of tax law take courses alongside LLM in Taxation students who are practicing lawyers, learning from the program's faculty of preeminent scholars. A specialized introductory course in tax law for MLST students is offered.

 Full-time professors and adjunct faculty teach the extensive curriculum, empowering students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies. The program is headquartered at USF’s Downtown Campus, in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Both full- and part-time options are offered, and up to 12 transfer credits may be accepted. 

Many courses are offered online, allowing students the ultimate flexibility to earn their degree in a way that works for them. Like the in-person courses, our online courses are taught by our preeminent full-time faculty and adjunct professors and include weekly opportunities to work with the professor and collaborate other students. Using the online learning platform, students access course materials, view multimedia content, and work on course assignments. Online courses are available to residents of these states

Unique Partnership with Andersen Tax
The USF Graduate Tax Program has an established partnership with the preeminent accounting firm of Andersen Tax. Students enrolled in USF's MLST program may take courses at Andersen Tax's San Francisco headquarters. Studying alongside the firm's managers and associates, students hone their skills while enhancing their professional network.


The USF Graduate Tax Program faculty are noted experts in their field, and dedicated to their students' success. Professors 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, top law firms, and notable accounting firms.



Students graduate well-prepared for private practice, in-house positions, government jobs, and tax departments of businesses in a range of industries.

With a dedicated academic and career counselor from USF's full-service Office of Career Planning who offers truly personalized attention, we tailor our approach to each student, helping them select courses and professional development opportunities. The job placement process draws on our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts and capitalizes on the expertise and guidance of practicing attorneys and trained career counselors.

Hands-on skills training is a key feature of our program, providing students with a way to put their classroom learning to practice while building professional experience and contacts. Opportunities include representing taxpayers in the Tax Appeals Assistance Program, and externing with law firms, government agencies, accounting firms, and other organizations. 

Through extensive networking opportunities, such as the USF Graduate Tax Program Annual Tax Law Lecture Series, students expand their knowledge and build their network by meeting prominent tax and accounting professionals.

The USF LLM in Taxation program allows students to learn from and network with some of the most influential minds and leaders in the tax community. Whether it is Professor Daniel Lathrope, Professor Joshua Rosenberg, Professor Davis Yee, or Associate Director Natascha Fastabend, to name a few, each of them want nothing more than for the students to succeed and it is evident with their "student-first" approach.




  • 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. PDF iconRead Here
  • Adjunct Professor Davis Yee was awarded the 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize for his essay submission "The Professional Responsibility of Fair Play When Dealing with a Pro Se Adversary." Davis will be recognized at the American Inns of Court's Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • The 2017 Andersen Tax Awards were presented to JD/MBA student Ian Fontana Brown ’17 and LLM student Sharon Darel ’17 at the Alumni Graduates Dinner.
  • USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition