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 1972, the Graduate Tax Program has offered an internationally renowned Master of Laws in Taxation that provides students with a strong foundation in tax law as well as opportunities to develop skills and build connections essential to successful practice. 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 either as part of getting an LL.M. or independently.

The Graduate Tax Program delivers an exceptional education that is both affordable and convenient. Tuition is among the lowest in the country, particularly for Pennsylvania residents. Students may take classes on their schedules, either full-time or part-time. Classes are split between Temple’s North Broad campus and its Center City campus in the heart of Philadelphia. Most classes are at night, and most allow students to participate remotely.

In addition, students can receive continuing legal education credits for the course credits they earn.

LL.M. in Taxation

The Master of Laws in Taxation at Temple University Beasley School of Law is designed to advance careers in tax. The LL.M. program does not just teach students the law, but teaches the practice of law. It has a diverse curriculum, and only three course requirements, allowing students to shape their education based on their aspirations, whether they involve business planning and compliance, international tax, tax controversy, estate planning, or employee benefits. The professors are top-flight academics and practitioners who give the law context. And the focus is on skills training, both inside the classroom and out, through practicums and other “real world” opportunities.

Temple J.D. students have the opportunity to earn an LL.M. in Taxation in as little as one additional semester of study and pay no additional tuition for LL.M. courses taken while earning their J.D. degree.

Estate Planning Certificate

The Estate Planning Certificate program exposes students to sophisticated concepts and planning tools, as well as the federal income taxation of trusts and estates. The program benefits students who want to concentrate on tax issues involved in estate planning and estate administration. In addition, it provides valuable training for practitioners who want to acquire an advanced level of expertise in this area.

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Employee Benefits Certificate

The Employee Benefits Certificate program covers executive compensation, qualified employee benefit plans, ERISA fiduciary provisions, and other important aspects of the taxation of employee benefits. The program benefits students who want to concentrate on tax issues involved in employee benefits and plan administration. In addition, it provides valuable training for practitioners who want to acquire an advanced level of expertise.

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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