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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Suffolk Offers Three Year J.D./Tax LL.M. Degrees

Sufolk Law SchoolSuffolk University Law School is launching a new Tax LL.M. Program in May 2015 that will permit Suffolk students to earn J.D. and Tax LL.M. degrees in three years:

The heart of the program is an intensive 12-credit, 10-week summer program that allow Suffolk Law students to obtain a tax LLM and a JD in the same three-year period (day students) or four-year period (evening students) required for obtaining only a law degree. At graduation, successful students would receive both a JD and LLM degree.

In addition to the summer session, tax LLM students must take an additional eight credits of required courses and six credits of electives.

The tax LLM program also will be available for students who have already completed law school at Suffolk or elsewhere. These students will generally need to take tax courses in addition to the intensive summer to have the same total tax law education as Suffolk students simultaneously obtaining a JD and tax LLM.

The National Jurist quotes Associate Dean Anthony Polito, Faculty Director of the Tax LL.M. Program:  "Compared to the J.D. program, the only additional classes would be those in the summer session, so law students could graduate with J.D. and LL.M. degrees for about half the cost of attending a separate LL.M. program."

Suffolk joins other law schools like Boston UniversityLoyola-L.A. Northwestern, and Washington University that offer three-year J.D./Tax LL.M. programs. Other law schools (like Georgetown, NYU, and San Diego) offer seven-semester J.D./Tax LL.M. programs.

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More law schools should adopt this model. Also, why stop at tax LLMs? I think there are other specialized areas of the law that could benefit from this model.

Posted by: HTA | Mar 27, 2014 1:32:59 PM