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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Graduate Tax Program Tuition Rankings

The October 2009 issue of The National Jurist includes the Ultimate Guide to the 223 LL.M. Programs offered by U.S. Law Schools.  I have taken that data, along with data from law school websites, to compile this ranking of graduate tax programs by tuition, along with links to each program and the most recent U.S. News tax ranking.

Resident Tuition:

Tuition

Rank

Tuition

Amount

Law

School

US News

Rank

1

12,331

Florida

2

2

14,280

Thomas Cooley

3

14,910

Missouri-Kansas City

4

16,752

Temple

5

17,864

Wayne State

6

19,242

Houston

7

21,600

U. Washington (Seattle)

10

8

22,440

Villanova

9

25,200

Alabama

10

25,776

Capital

11

27,600

Thomas Jefferson

12

28,000

Chicago-Kent

13

29,520

DePaul

14

30,240

Chapman

9

14

30,240

John Marshall

16

30,600

San Diego

7

17

30,840

Baltimore

18

31,200

Loyola-L.A.

8

19

31,330

Loyola-Chicago

20

31,720

Golden Gate

21

34,392

Western New England

22

34,576

SMU

10

23

35,775

Denver

10

24

36,000

New York Law School

25

38,816

Boston University

5

26

39,192

Miami

5

27

41,850

Washington U. (St. Louis)

28

43,750

Georgetown

2

29

44,808

NYU

1

30

46,725

Michigan

31

48,440

Northwestern

4

32

48,736

USC

Non-resident tuition:

Tuition

Rank

Tuition

Amount

Law

School

US News

Rank

1

14,280

Thomas Cooley

2

19,630

Wayne State

3

21,600

U. Washington (Seattle)

10

3

21,600

Temple

5

22,440

Villanova

6

25,200

Alabama

7

25,776

Capital

8

26,772

Houston

9

27,600

Thomas Jefferson

10

27,988

Missouri-Kansas City

11

28,000

Chicago-Kent

12

29,113

Florida

2

13

29,520

DePaul

14

30,240

Chapman

9

14

30,240

John Marshall

16

30,600

San Diego

7

17

31,200

Loyola-L.A.

8

18

31,330

Loyola-Chicago

19

31,720

Golden Gate

20

34,392

Western New England

21

34,576

SMU

10

22

35,775

Denver

10

23

36,000

New York Law School

24

38,816

Boston University

5

25

39,192

Miami

5

26

41,850

Washington U. (St. Louis)

27

43,750

Georgetown

2

28

44,808

NYU

1

29

45,030

Baltimore

30

46,725

Michigan

31

48,440

Northwestern

4

32

48,736

USC

Note that I have included tax programs not on the National Jurist list (Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, Thomas Jefferson, USC, and Western New England), and that the listed tuition may not include mandatory fees (such as NYU's $1,178 registration and service fee).

Update: Fred Brown (Baltimore) notes that some graduate tax programs offer credit toward the LL.M. for J.D. tax courses, with a corresponding reduction in tuition.  At Baltimore, for example, students can receive up to 15 credits for J.D. tax courses, thereby reducing the tuition burden in half -- from $30,840 (resident)/$45,030 (non-resident) to $15,420 (resident)/$22,515 (non-resident).

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Comments

Mr. Brown's point is true, but it also applies at a lot of schools. For instance, Washington, with an already low tuition, offers the same thing, thus reducing tuition even more.

Posted by: Martin | Oct 9, 2009 2:55:56 PM