Friday, October 10, 2008
Loyola-L.A. yesterday announced America's first three-year joint J.D./Tax L.L.M. Program. Students in the program complete the requirements for both the J.D. and Tax L.L.M. degrees in three academic years:
- First Academic Year: Required J.D. Courses
- Summer After First Year: Intensive Summer Tax Session (12 units)
- Second and Third Academic Years: 12 Additional Advanced Tax Courses Counted Toward Both Degrees
- Third Academic Year: Two Elective Capstone Courses: Tax Law Practicum and/or Honors Tax Policy Colloquium
The new program offers students significant employment and financial advantages:
- Enhanced second-year OCI: During the fall on-campus-interview season at the beginning of their second year, students will be able to offer employers a credential (completion of the intensive summer tax session) not available from any other law school in the United States.
- Second-year summer open: Students in the program will normally be free to accept employment during the summer after their second year without conflicting academic obligations.
- Potential for LLM-level tax employment after three years: Students in conventional full-time LLM programs typically cannot hold full-time jobs. Such programs therefore impose a hidden cost – a year of salary foregone (currently as much as $165K). Our program avoids that cost.