FAQ's

When can I start my LLM, MT, or Certificate Program?

Student may start his or her program at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters.

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How do I know whether to apply to the LLM or to the MT Program?

Students who are currently seeking or who have earned a JD degree should apply for the LLM Program.  Accountants and all other qualifying business professionals should apply for the MT Program.

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Can I fax documents to a secure fax machine at the Graduate Tax 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. 

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Now that I have legally changed my name, how do I update my Villanova Graduate Tax file to reflect this?

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.

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Do you offer the LLM or MT programs online?

Yes.  Click here to learn more about our online programs.

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As a LLM or MT candidate, can I earn a Certificate from the Graduate Tax Program while earning my degree?

A LLM or MT 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.

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How long do I have to complete my LLM or MT degree?

Requirements for the LLM or MT 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 LLM

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What type of Certificates does the Graduate Tax Program offer?

The Graduate Tax Program offers Certificates in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy.

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Can I switch from a Certificate candidate to an LLM or MT candidate?

Generally, since the admission requirements are very similar, a student can switch from a Certificate Program into the LLM or MT Program

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Do I have to have or be working towards a JD degree in order to qualify for the Tax Controversy Certificate?

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 JD degrees can qualify for the Tax Controversy Certificate.

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What is the shortest amount of time in which I can complete a Certificate Program?

Given an appropriate sequence of courses, a certificate student can finish the program in one three-semester year.

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How long do I have to complete a Certificate Program?

In order to accommodate work schedules and other time commitments, a certificate student has three years within which to complete the program requirements.

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What will I be awarded with upon completion of a Certificate Program?

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.

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Can I use courses I take in the Graduate Tax Program to meet my Continuing Professional Education requirements?

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.

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Can I use courses I take in the Graduate Tax Program to meet my Continuing Legal Education requirements?

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.

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What requirements must I meet in order to be accepted into the joint JD/LLM?

A student must have a cumulative JD GPA of at least 2.67.  Additionally, the student must have earned at least a “B” in Introduction to Federal Taxation.

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What is the shortest about of time that I can complete the joint JD/LLM Program?

A joint JD/LLM student can complete his or her LLM degree in as little as one extra semester beyond his or her normal JD studies.

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How many upper level JD tax courses can I also apply towards my LLM?

A student may apply up to two upper-level JD tax courses towards his or her LLM degree requirements.

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Can I take more than two upper level JD tax courses while pursing my JD?

Yes, a student may take as many upper level JD tax courses as he or she wishes.  However, only two of them will also count towards his or her LLM.

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While pursing my JD, how many Graduate Tax courses can I apply to both my JD and my LLM?

A student may apply up to four Graduate Tax courses to both her JD and her LLM degree requirements.

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While pursing my JD, what is the maximum number of courses that I can apply towards both my JD and LLM?

A student may apply up to six courses taken during the time spent pursing his or her JD. The six courses consist of two upper level JD tax courses and four Graduate Tax courses.

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What upper level JD courses qualify as upper level JD tax course that can be applied towards my LLM?

A student may apply up to two of the following courses to his or her LLM degree requirements: Employee Benefits, Family Wealth Planning, Taxation of Business Entities, Wealth Tax, or International Taxation.

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Can I take LL.M. courses in the Graduate Tax summer semester in between my 2L and 3L years?

Yes, a JD/LLM student can take LLM summer courses while still pursuing his or her JD. However, these summer courses still count towards the four LLM courses that the student is allowed to apply towards his or her LLM while pursing his or her JD.

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Does my regular JD tuition cover LLM courses that I take as a part of the joint JD/LLM program?

Yes, the tuition for any LLM courses taken while participating in the joint JD/LLM program is covered by the regular JD 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 JD program.

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If I am a joint JD/LLM candidate, when can I start taking the additional 6 courses required beyond those I am allowed to take during my JD studies?

A student enrolled in School of Law as a JD/LLM candidate becomes a student in the Graduate Tax Program as soon he or she is awarded his or her JD. Therefore, the student can begin to take additional Graduate Tax courses in the summer following his or her 3L year.

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Important:  Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014

Tax Research and Writing (LTX-3228)  and Law Governing Tax Practice (LTX-5000)  have been consolidated to create a new course  LTX-5005 Professional Responsibility of Tax Practitioners. This new required course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  LTX-3228 and LTX-5000 will no longer be offered.  For students matriculating prior to Fall 2014: If you have already taken either LTX-3228  or LTX-5000, you are not required to take this new course.  If you have previously taken Law Governing Tax Practice, you simply select another elective course in order to meet your course requirements.

Contact Us

Email

Phone Numbers
Office: 610-519-7043 or
1-888-GRAD-TAX
Professor Vines: 610-519-4533
FAX: 610-519-8018

Office Hours
Spring and Fall:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 8:15 PM, F until 5 PM

Summer:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, F until 12 PM

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure the information displayed on this page is accurate. However, the information contained herein is not to be considered official.  Changes may be made to courses and curriculum requirements.