Tax Controversy Certificate
The Tax Controversy Certificate Program addresses the need for litigation training for tax lawyers and also provides an opportunity for direct experiential learning and an appreciation of the importance of pro bono representation in the legal profession. It is open to full-time LLM students who have or are seeking a JD degree.
The following schedule outlines the program:
Meets twice per week for two weeks in May, then a Friday and Saturday in early June. The first 4 sessions will be video-recorded and available for distance viewing.
- Elective Course: one of these two-credit courses:
The candidate for admission must have or be seeking a JD degree, regardless of when it was or will be awarded, with an acceptable cumulative grade point average.
Examinations and Grading
With the exception of the Probate Process and Practice course, all certificate students will be examined and graded in the same manner as regular matriculated graduate tax students. As in the regular Graduate Tax Program, a cumulative 2.5 grade point average is required for the award of the certificate.
Tuition for certificate students is the same per-credit amount as for matriculated degree students.
Completion of the Program
Given an appropriate sequencing of courses, a certificate student can finish the program in one three-semester year. But, to accommodate work-schedule and other time commitments, a certificate participant has three years within which to complete the program requirements. At the beginning of the semester in which coursework will be completed, the student MUST complete the Prospective Graduation form.
Certificate Students Switching to the LLM or MT Program
Some persons who enter the certificate program may develop an interest in the regular LLM or MT degree. Since admission requirements for certificate participants generally are the equivalent of those for degree candidates, in most instances the transition to degree candidate poses no qualification problem.
Form of Certificate
The certificate awarded is a certificate of achievement that signals the successful completion of the limited course of study. Note that the certification is not an attestation as to the professional competence of the certificate holder, nor is it a formal degree.
Continuing Education Credit
CLE and CPE credit is available to attorneys and accountants who are certificate students.