LL.M. in Taxation

Each year, new and experienced lawyers choose the Graduate Tax Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law to deepen their understanding of complex taxation issues. Since 1973, the internationally renowned Graduate Tax Program has offered a Master of Laws in Taxation that provides candidates with a strong foundation in tax law as well as an opportunity to develop expertise beyond the level of study offered in J.D. programs. In addition, the program offers certificate programs in Estate Planning and in the Taxation of Employee Benefits. These certificate programs allow students to gain expertise in specific areas of interest without having to complete all of the LL.M. requirements.

J.D/LL.M. in Taxation

Temple Law School offers Temple J.D. students the unique opportunity to earn both a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation with as little as one semester of study beyond the J.D. requirements. Students pay no additional tuition for LL.M. courses taken while in the J.D. program.

This is not a concurrent degree, but J.D. students can earn partial credit towards the LL.M.

A J.D./LL.M. student can complete up to 12 of the 24 credits required for the LL.M. while still enrolled in the J.D. program. Temple J.D. students should apply before graduation to be considered part of the J.D./LL.M. program.

Message from the Director

Welcome to Temple’s Graduate Tax Program. Since 1972, Temple has been helping students advance a wide variety of careers. Our graduates work at large as well as boutique law firms, accounting firms, financial institutions, in-house legal departments, non-profits and at all levels of government. We are committed to preparing students for real-world practice and do it in a way that is both affordable and convenient.

That starts with our nationally renowned faculty. Our full-time tax faculty are outstanding scholar-teachers and leaders in their fields. Our adjunct faculty are accomplished practitioners from the judiciary, law firms, accounting firms, industry, the Internal Revenue Service, and City Hall. The curriculum is skills- and problem-focused, enabling faculty to leverage their experiences and bring the material to life. And because our class sizes are small, students are able to participate and get to know their professors. 

The program is rich in educational opportunities outside the classroom. Students hear from high-ranking government tax officials at the annual Fogel Lecture and the Tax Policy and Administration Colloquium. They are able to network with practitioners and alumni at career-oriented events. Additionally, they can gain experience through a wide array of externship and volunteer opportunities, including with the IRS, the City Solicitor’s office, and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.

Students can complete the LL.M. in Taxation on either a full-time or part-time basis with most classes at night and distance-optional, and many classes at our Center City campus. Students can also earn certificates in estate planning and employee benefits as part of their LL.M. or separately in as little as one year of evening classes. Our faculty, graduates, and Career Services office are resources for finding the next job and beyond.  

The education and opportunities that we offer make the difference in our students’ professional lives, as our graduates will tell you. I encourage you to explore our website and contact me directly via email or at 215-204-8807 if you have questions. I hope you decide to join us.

Andy Weiner
Director of the Graduate Tax Program
Practice Professor of Law