Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Planning

Tax Faculty Publications

Important Dates

June 1
Full-time, Part-time, & Joint-Degree Applications Deadline

August 1
Non-degree Application Deadline (Fall Enrollment)

August 27-28

December 1
Non-degree Application Deadline (Spring Enrollment)


Spring 2015

Advanced Topics in Taxation Colloquium Series

January 22
Michael Knoll, Penn Law
February 5
Kirk Stark, UCLA Law
February 12
Sarah Lawsky, UCI Law
February 19
David Gamage, Berkeley Law
March 19
David Schizer, Columbia Law
April 2
Kristin Hickman, U of MN Law

Speaker Series

February 26
Nina Olson, IRS Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
March 3
William Alexander, IRS Office of Chief Counsel

Tax Program

Tax Program

After its establishment in 2002, the Tax Program at Northwestern Law has been recognized as a leader in the field, ranking fourth in U.S. News and World Report since 2005. Our comprehensive curriculum, outstanding faculty, and small, collaborative community provides students with a solid understanding of the complexities of tax law and the specialized skills needed to practice federal, state, and international tax law successfully.

Living & Learning in a Supportive Community

With an average of 35 full-time students, the Tax Program has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios of any graduate tax program in the country.

  • Our small class sizes allow for conversation and collaboration between students and professors.
  • Each full-time faculty member has an open door policy for students to ask questions and discuss course material before and after class.

Top Faculty

The Tax Program faculty is comprised of an important balance of full-time and adjunct faculty members to teach students how to apply core tax law concepts to complex, real world transactions.

  • Our seven residential faculty members are experts in their specialized field of taxation, and, as full-time academics, they are dedicated to giving students the best tax education in the country.
  • Our 28 adjunct faculty instructors are leading practitioners from top law and accounting firms, and many speak and write in their areas of expertise.  

Comprehensive Curriculum

The Tax Program curriculum gives students a foundational understanding of tax law, which they can apply to a wide array of specialty tax elective courses.

  • The required courses cover the four principal areas of modern tax law: Taxation of Property Transactions, Corporate Taxation, Partnership Taxation, and International Taxation.
  • Students also can choose from a variety of elective courses to pursue particular areas of tax law or to further expand their exposure to various areas of tax law. Students interested in Corporate Tax, International Tax, or Wealth Transfer and Legacy Planning can earn a certificate in one of these areas by taking certain elective courses.

Career Planning

LLM Tax graduates are employed in a range of tax practices and organizations, including large law firms, accounting firms, and corporations, across the United States and in many international cities.

  • The Tax Program has a career advisor in the Career Strategy Center who works exclusively with LLM Tax students to develop a successful employment search strategy. We connect students to our strong network of tax practitioners and Tax Program alumni from national and international firms for career advice, mock interviewing, and job opportunities.
  • The Career Strategy Center has designed a program of workshops and events for tax students throughout the year to assist them with their job search, including participation in the Tax Attorney Recruiting Event (T.A.R.E) in Washington, D.C. each spring semester.