Non-Degree Program

Practicing lawyers have the opportunity to enroll in our tax courses on a non-degree basis. Basic and advanced courses in the four foundational topics of tax law—taxation of property transactions, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, and international taxation—are open to junior level associates who did not have the opportunity to take these courses as JD students. For more experienced lawyers seeking advanced training, numerous elective courses in specialized areas of tax law are available.

The Advantages of the Non-Degree Program

The opportunity to participate in the Tax Program on a non-degree basis provides significant benefits to both the lawyer and his or her firm. Lawyers will be able to enroll in those courses that will best advance their careers and avoid the time and financial commitment required to obtain a LLM Tax degree. Firms will profit from lawyers with a more extensive and comprehensive understanding of tax matters to avoid the substantial resource commitments required to provide specialized training in-house.

While enrolled in the Tax Program, non-degree students can choose to earn a certificate in one of four substantive areas of taxation: Corporate Tax, International Tax, Tax Cortroversy, and Wealth Transfer and Legacy Planning. To receive the certificate, the student would need to take 10 credits of certain elective and required courses. Please see Certificate Programs for a full course listing.

In addition, courses in the Tax Program are offered at times that accommodate the realities of an active tax practitioner. The basic and advanced courses generally meet once a week and are scheduled from 8:25 to 10:15 a.m. Elective courses also meet once a week and are generally scheduled from 4:00 to 5:50 p.m. and from 6:00 to 7:50 p.m.

Program Admission

A completed application to the non-degree program in taxation consists of the following:

  • Application for Admission (pdf)
  • A letter of recommendation from the head of the tax department (or equivalent) of your employer
  • An official copy of your law school transcript
  • A current resume