Student may start his or her program at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters.
Students who are currently seeking or who have earned a J.D. degree should apply for the LL.M. Program. Accountants and all other qualifying business professionals should apply for the M.T. Program.
Yes, a student can fax documents to a secure fax machine located in the Graduate Tax Program Office. The number for this fax machine is 610-519-8018.
A student must provide a copy of a government issued form of picture identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, ect.) that reflects the name change to the Graduate Tax Program.
A LL.M. or M.T. candidate can qualify to earn a Certificate from the Graduate Tax Program. However, some additional coursework may be required in order to do so depending on the Certificate.
Requirements for the LL.M. or M.T. degree must be completed within five years of the semester in which the student enrolled. JD/LLM students have 4 years from the date they completed their JD to complete the LL.M.
The Graduate Tax Program offers Certificates in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy.
Generally, since the admission requirements are very similar, a student can switch from a Certificate Program into the LL.M. or M.T. Program
Since this Certificate focuses on the need for litigation training for tax lawyers and the need for increased appreciation for the importance of pro bono representation in the legal profession, only students who have earned or are in the process of earning their J.D. degrees can qualify for the Tax Controversy Certificate.
Given an appropriate sequence of courses, a certificate student can finish the program in one three-semester year.
In order to accommodate work schedules and other time commitments, a certificate student has three years within which to complete the program requirements.
The certificate awarded is a certificate of achievement that signals the successful completion of the limited course of study. Note that the certificate is not a formal degree.
Under current Pennsylvania guidelines, each two-credit course offered by the Graduate Tax Program counts for 30 hours of CPA credit in either the “Taxation” or the “Other” categories depending on the course.
Under current Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board guidelines, each two-credit course offered by the Graduate Tax Program counts for two hours of substantive law, practice procedure CLE credit. The student must check to see if other states will accept courses from the Graduate Tax Program for CLE credit.
A student must have a cumulative J.D. G.P.A. of at least 2.67. Additionally, the student must have earned at least a “B” in Introduction to Federal Taxation.
A joint J.D./LL.M student can complete his or her LL.M. degree in as little as one extra semester beyond his or her normal J.D. studies.
A student may apply up to two upper level J.D. tax courses towards his or her LL.M. degree requirements.
Yes, a student may take as many upper level J.D. tax courses as he or she wishes. However, only two of them will also count towards his or her LL.M.
A student may apply up to four Graduate Tax courses to both her J.D. and her LL.M. degree requirements.
A student may apply up to six courses taken during the time spent pursing his or her J.D. The six courses consist of two upper level J.D. tax courses and four Graduate Tax courses.
A student may apply up to two of the following courses to his or her LL.M. degree requirements: Employee Benefits, Family Wealth Planning, International Taxation, IRS Externship, Tax Clinic, Taxation of Business Entities, and Wealth Tax.
Yes, a J.D./LL.M. student can take LL.M. summer courses while still pursuing his or her J.D. However, these summer courses still count towards the four LL.M. courses that the student is allowed to apply towards his or her LL.M. while pursing his or her J.D.
Yes, the tuition for any LL.M. courses taken while participating in the joint J.D./LL.M. program is covered by the regular J.D. tuition. Note that this includes courses that are taken in the summer between the 2L and 3L years but does not include courses taken during summer following graduation from the J.D. program.
A student enrolled in School of Law as a J.D./LL.M. candidate becomes a student in the Graduate Tax Program as soon he or she is awarded his or her J.D. Therefore, the student can begin to take additional Graduate Tax courses in the summer following his or her 3L year.
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