MJ Concentration in Tax Law
Enhance Your Marketability and Improve Your Skill Set
Our MJ Concentration in Tax Law offers aspiring professionals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and their marketability in the field of tax law. Accountants, personal financial advisors, and professionals interested in taxation will study the core tax fundamentals of this dynamic area. Studying in the MJ program will ultimately sharpen your ability to structure tax-efficient transactions and defend tax positions.
Our curriculum remains timely, focused, and relevant in the field of tax law. MJ candidates will benefit from our transactional approach to tax law, which will help you develop a comprehensive knowledge of taxation. You will also benefit by acquiring new skills that will enable you to think analytically and critically in this fast-paced field. We take pride in the depth and breadth of the materials covered in our curriculum. Our faculty and advisory board are committed to providing you with an outstanding educational experience.
Our curriculum emphasizes the identification of issues and problems and instills the ability to apply the law creatively to meet the client's goals. Courses are taught by experienced tax practitioners who are engaged in the cutting-edge aspects of their specific fields of tax law expertise, as well as current and former members of the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel.
Effective Fall 2020, new students are not being admitted to this program. Please contact the program directly for more information.
Candidates pursuing the MJ Concentration in Tax Law must have 5 years of previous tax experience and must complete 30 credit hours in order to earn their MJ degree. In addition to required courses, candidates must complete 2 introductory law courses. Thereafter, candidates pursuing the MJ degree will select elective courses from the same offerings available to attorneys seeking their LLM in Tax Law.
Our program is flexible. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the summer. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full time or part time. Most of our degree candidates complete the program within two years. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.
Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.
Required Introductory Courses
Required MJ Courses
- Advanced Federal Income Tax (TX 520, 3 Credits)
- Civil & Criminal Tax Procedure (TX 533, 2 Credits)
- Corporate Taxation I (TX 517, 3 Credits)*
- Corporate Taxation II (TX 519, 3 Credits)*
- Partnership Taxation (TX 510, 2 Credits)
- Survey of Corporate Taxation (TX 516, 2 Credits)*
- Tax Accounting (TX 509, 2 Credits)
- Tax & Employee Benefits Research (TX 511, 2 Credits)
- Wealth Transfer Taxation I (TX 512, 2 Credits)
*Students are required to take only one of these courses.
MJ Elective Courses
- Asset Protection Planning (TX 524, 2 Credits)
- Business Practices for Tax Lawyers (TX 518, 2 Credits)
- Charitable Contributions (TX 521, 2 Credits)
- Compensation Law: Taxation & Other Legal Issues (EB 482, 3 Credits)
- Estate Planning I (TX 505, 2 Credits)
- Estate Planning II (TX 507, 2 Credits)
- Estate Planning with Insurance Products (TX 523, 1 Credit)
- Estate Settlement & Post-Mortem Trust Administration (TX 514, 2 Credits)
- Income Taxation (TX 470, 3 Credits)
- Income Taxation of Estates & Trusts (TX 515, 2 Credits)
- Independent Study in Tax Law (TX 596, 1-2 Credits)
- Personal Financial Planning (TX 522, 2 Credits)
- Special Topics in Tax Law (TX 594, 1-2 Credits)
- State & Local Real Estate Taxation (TX 508, 2 Credits)
- State & Local Taxes (TX 528, 2 Credits)
- Tax-Exempt Organizations (TX 525, 2 Credits)
- Taxation of Closely Held Businesses (TX 527, 2 Credits)
- Taxation of Intellectual Property (TX 503, 2 Credits)
- U.S. Taxation of International Transactions & Foreign Taxpayers (TX 531, 2 Credits)
- Wealth Transfer Taxation II (TX 513, 1 Credit)
Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.