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Villanova’s Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree for lawyers that will prepare you to become a competent and nimble tax attorney who can successfully advise your clients and organizations all while navigating today’s complex and challenging tax environment.  

Villanova’s LLM in Taxation is a rigorous and immersive 24-credit degree for lawyers that can be completed in less than two years. The LLM degree is a part of our Graduate Tax Program available on-campus, online or in a hybrid format. Both on-campus and online classes are held in the evening, and tax law online courses are synchronous and live each week. All courses are designed for part-time adult learners and follow a unique eight-week format, allowing you to concentrate on one course at a time. With the option of taking an online taxation course, your career progression is unrestricted.

Tax LLM students are required to take six core courses that teach the fundamentals of tax and choose three electives from over 25 comprehensive options spanning many areas of interest in both law and accounting. The core courses introduce topics such as tax policy, federal tax law, corporate tax, and the ethics, responsibilities and nuances of the tax field.  

The Villanova LLM tax program features more than 45 faculty members, including full-time tax scholars and leading practitioners from Big Four accounting firms, law firms, the IRS and other tax companies and organizations. At Villanova, you will examine taxation from multiple perspectives, allowing exploration of how both legal and accounting principles affect the field’s ever-changing landscape.

As an LLM student, you will be invited to take advantage of all the Nova Nation has to offer, including networking opportunities, campus event panels, symposia and webinars on specialized topics. You will also be assigned a staff adviser who will help you navigate your time in the LLM degree.  

Students may also pursue specialty law certificates in LLM Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and State and Local Taxation, either together with the LLM degree or on a stand-alone basis.



Survey of Tax

Tax I

Tax II

Professional Practice and Tax Procedure

Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders

Partnership Taxation

Please see the Curriculum page for a list of available electives.





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