LLM in Taxation
For almost 40 years, alumni of the University of San Diego School of Law’s LLM in taxation program have gone on to practice successfully throughout California, the U.S. and the world. The LLM provides students with the theoretical and practical framework to become skilled leaders in the field of tax law.
In order to apply to this Master of Laws program, you must have received your JD degree from a U.S. law school or you must have a law degree (such as a Bachelor of Laws) from an accredited institution in a country other than the United States.
The LLM in Taxation degree requires completion of 24 credits of coursework including three required courses: Corporate Tax (3 credits), Partnership Tax (3 credits) and International Tax (3 credits). Required courses can be waived by the director of the tax program upon good cause shown by any student. The remaining required credit hours can be selected from our broad selection of tax course offerings and (with permission of the director of the tax program) other related courses.
Application Requirements & Deadlines
To assist you in the application process, please review our application checklist. You can also obtain further information, and access our online application from our website.
The priority deadline to apply for entrance to the LLM programs for the Fall semester is June 1. The priority deadline for the Spring semester is November 1. The Graduate Programs Office uses a "rolling admissions" process, so as soon as your file is complete it will be submitted to the Admissions Committee.
Tuition & Scholarships
The tuition for the LLM in taxation program for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,885 per credit. Tuition and fees are subject to change; current tuition rates are available on the School of Law’s Financial Aid webpage. The LLM in Taxation program requires 24 credits of coursework.
The Graduate Programs Office offers a Merit Scholarship for LLM students, including candidates for the LLM in taxation. This scholarship can be awarded to full-time students entering in either the Spring or the Fall semester and is awarded based on the contents of your admissions file. No additional application is necessary to be considered for this scholarship.
In addition to available Merit Scholarships, admitted LLM in taxation students may be considered for various specialty tax scholarships. These awards are based on the merits of the applicant’s scholastic and professional experience, as demonstrated by the contents of the applicant’s admission file.
The School of Law’s Financial Aid Office can provide you with answers to your questions regarding financial aid, including directing you toward appropriate resources for graduate law students.