April 29, 2010
Caron, Kowal, Pratt & Seto: Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree -- Where?Jennifer M. Kowal (Loyola-L.A.), Katherine Pratt (Loyola-L.A.), Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) and I have posted Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree: Where? on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This Article and a related article, Pursuing a Tax LLM Degree: Why and When?, provide information and advice about Tax LLM programs to American law students and JD graduates who are thinking about pursuing a Tax LLM degree. In addition to discussing factors that can help prospective Tax LLM students determine which Tax LLM programs would be a good fit for them, this Article compiles information about the following thirteen highly ranked Tax LLM programs: (1) NYU; (2) Florida; (3) Georgetown; (4) Northwestern; (5) Miami; (6) Boston University; (7) San Diego; (8) Loyola-L.A./LMU; (9) SMU; (10) Denver; (11) University of Washington; (12) Villanova; and (13) Chapman. The topics on which information is reported in this Article include: (1) tuition; (2) scholarships; (3) the full-time tax professors who teach in each program and the tax courses they teach; (4) the number of full-time and part-time students enrolled in each program; (5) general information about adjunct professors teaching in each program; (6) required courses; (7) elective courses, specialty certificates, and concentrations; (8) opportunities to develop tax practice skills by taking experiential learning courses and simulated practice courses; (9) extracurricular tax activities; (10) opportunities to graduate with honors or receive academic prizes; and (11) career planning and placement services offered to students in each program. This Article also includes supplemental information provided by the directors of these Tax LLM programs, in response to our invitation to provide information of interest to prospective students.
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Did not see mention of the Southeastern Academic Common Market which allows most in the region to get instate tuition at Florida. To me, tuition and quality of life were the most important factors since there seemed to be no information regarding employment statistics, and the anecdotal evidence seemed to suggest that there was only a small (10%?) chance that I'd be better off going to NYU.
Posted by: Matt | Apr 29, 2010 12:47:36 PM
When discussing professors, I think this paper erred in not listing adjuncts. When I did my tax LLM at NYU, I learned the most cutting edge of tax law from their adjuncts, who are the preeminent tax lawyers in the world. I felt the full time tax professors at NYU were of noticeably lower quality than their adjuncts. The program wouldn't have been worth it without the adjuncts.
Posted by: anon | Apr 29, 2010 8:15:36 PM