Tax Programs

Through the Tax Program at Northwestern Law, students gain a firm foundation in the principal areas of tax law and learn how to deal with complex real-world transactions. Living and learning in a supportive community at the center of one of the world's leading cities, students have access to extensive resources, an innovative curriculum, and an outstanding faculty.

Individuals who already hold a JD degree can enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis to receive the LLM degree. Practicing attorneys may also take courses on a non-degree basis to refine their knowledge in specialized areas of the tax law. Current law students can participate in the joint JD-LLM program and receive a JD and LLM in only six or seven semesters.

With one of the lowest student-faculty ratios of any graduate tax program, students at Northwestern Law establish strong one-on-one relationships with our nationally recognized, in-residence, full-time tax faculty. In addition, the program is designed for students who value studying with a professor who wrote the book. Of the seven required substantive courses, 100 percent are taught by a professor who has written or is writing a treatise or a casebook or both on that topic. Of the 20 elective courses, nearly a third are taught by a practitioner or professor who has authored a text on the subject matter.

The tax faculty at Northwestern Law is committed to preparing students to excel as tax professionals in a changing world. Students will come away from the Tax Program at Northwestern Law with an unparalleled understanding of the intricate dynamics of tax law and the skills to thrive in its practice.

Philip F. Postlewaite
Professor of Law
Director of the Tax Program

For more information about the Tax Program, please call (312) 503-3300 or e-mail

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