Master of Legal Studies in Taxation

Located at the university's downtown campus in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District and online in many states, the Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) program is offered to both full-and part-time students. Special financial aid packages are available. Up to 12 tax-related transfer credits from an accredited school may be accepted with approval from the academic director.

The MLST application is now available online through the Law School Admission Council at The PDF iconMLST Application is also available for download.

Visit the How to Apply page to find step-by-step instructions for applying to this new program. Please read the information carefully to ensure prompt and accurate processing of your application. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please contact the Graduate Tax Program at or 415-422-2801.

Please note that the Law School will continue to accept applications after our priority application deadline, space permitting. However, early application filing is encouraged in order to receive an application decision in a timely manner.

The Admissions Committee reviews files in the order they are completed, on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is to the applicant's advantage to submit the complete application with supporting materials as early as possible. Applicants will be reviewed once all required documents and the application fee have been received.

Applicants will be evaluated on academic and personal criteria. Academic information to be submitted with the application includes law school transcripts and other university records. Personal information includes extracurricular activities, employment experience, and other biographical information. Recommendations from professors or employers and a personal statement from the applicant are also required. All documents that are not in English, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be accompanied by an English translation.


  • Legal Principles of Federal Income Taxation (3 units)
  • Federal Taxation of Property Dispositions (2 units)
  • Federal Tax Accounting & Timing Issues (2 units)
  • Federal Tax Procedure & PR (2 units)
  • Graduate Corporate Taxation (3 units)
  • Graduate Partnership Taxation (3 units)
  • Tax Research (1 units)
  • Electives: 8 units