Paul L. Caron

Monday, September 14, 2009

USC Launches Graduate Tax Program

USC Tax The University of Southern California Gould School of Law announced on Friday that it is starting a graduate tax program:

Some of the nation’s most esteemed tax scholars teach at USC Law, creating an ideal setting for a new tax program, [USC Law Dean Robert] Rasmussen added. “It only makes sense that USC Law offers students the opportunity to study with exceptional professors and earn a graduate-level Tax LL.M.,” said Rasmussen. Tax scholars at USC Law include Elizabeth Garrett , a member of the 2005 Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform; Edward McCaffery, a fellow at American College of Tax Counsel; Edward D. Kleinbard, former chief of staff of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation; and Thomas Griffith, who has written extensively on tax matters and is the winner of the USC Law William A. Rutter ’55 Distinguished Teaching Award. ...

USC Law is the only top 20 law school on the West Coast and one of only six of the top 20 law schools in the nation to offer an LL.M. in Taxation. USC Law is Southern California ’s oldest and most prominent law school.

For more information about the USC Graduate Tax Program, see here.

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I'm not sure that I could stomach 40K for anything at this point!

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 16, 2009 5:22:02 PM

"Second tier" or not, Loyola and San Diego have an awful lot of good tax (and other) professors . . .

I completely agree, and I have seen in practice that those two schools produce a high number outstanding lawyers that often run circles around their colleagues from higher ranked schools. Unfortunately, it does not seem that San Diego or Loyola get the recognition they deserve. This directly hinders opportunities for their graduates. And, it means that many lawyers with a top 20-30 J.D. cannot stomach 40K in tuition to pursue an LL.M. there.

Posted by: anon@3:00PM | Sep 16, 2009 5:57:27 AM

"Second tier" or not, Loyola and San Diego have an awful lot of good tax (and other) professors . . .

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 15, 2009 2:51:41 PM

I personally know of many attorneys in L.A. that have wanted to pursue an LL.M. in tax but could not afford to take a year off to go to New York/Washington, and wouldn't consider tainting their resumes with a degree from a 2nd Tier law school like San Diego/Loyola.

This is really going to fill a need in L.A, particularly the part-time option.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 15, 2009 12:00:02 PM

USC LLM vs. NYU Executive LLM...thoughts?

Posted by: anon | Sep 15, 2009 8:33:55 AM

Maybe USC could get Charlie Rangle on its staff. He knows tax tricks that none of us thought of.

Posted by: Woody | Sep 15, 2009 6:27:35 AM

The good professors from Loyola's program should head over to USC, if USC will take them.

Posted by: anon | Sep 14, 2009 7:38:21 PM

I think the real question is what exactly a "tax program" means. In survey after survey, voters identify as leading tax faculties places like Yale, Harvard, etc. that don't have nominal tax programs. With the exception of NYU, Florida, and perhaps Georgetown, most of the other LL M programs don't have much national significance, or at least no more so than their people would deserve in the absence of a program. It is also odd to keep adding programs in a low-growth field. So yes, it sounds an awful lot like marketing to me, although the quality of the USC faculty will enable them to market better than most.

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 14, 2009 9:49:29 AM

Long overdue. It will become the top LL.M. in tax west of D.C. in no time. I wonder, though, if this is partly a ploy to funnel unemployed USC grads into the "pursuing graduate degree" category in US news. It's no secret that SC Law grads are facing some serious employment challenges, like everyone else. In any event, Los Angeles will benefit from having this program.

Posted by: Bob | Sep 14, 2009 8:57:04 AM

Uh, I think UCLA is sort of competitive, aren't they?

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 14, 2009 3:17:05 AM