Master of Legal Studies in Taxation

The Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) Program is a unique opportunity for accounting and finance professionals to enhance their professional knowledge and career trajectory.

Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) students attend courses alongside the LLM in Taxation students taught by USF's preeminent scholars, enriching the learning and teaching environment for students in both programs. A specialized introductory course for MLST students is also offered.

The extensive curriculum is taught by expert faculty members. Full-time professors and adjunct faculty empower students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies so they are equipped with skills necessary for a career in the complex and ever-changing field of taxation.

The program is conveniently 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. Both full- and part-time options are offered. Up to 12 units of tax coursework may be accepted with approval from the Academic Director.

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
Students enrolled in USF's MLST Program can take courses at Andersen Tax's San Francisco headquarters. 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, leading law firms, and notable accounting firms.



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

With a dedicated academic and career counselor who offers truly personalized attention, we tailor our approach for each student, helping them to select courses and professional development opportunities individually. Our 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. We offer a wide 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 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.