Suffolk: Earn JD and Tax LLM in 3 years

Suffolk University Law School is launching an LL.M. program in taxation that will allow Suffolk Law students to receive a J.D. and an LL.M. in the same amount of time required for a J.D.

“Federal tax law is complex and detailed,” said Associate Dean Anthony Polito, who is the faculty director of the tax LLM program. “Students who intend to focus their practice in taxation or who wish to practice in the corporate, business planning, estate planning or financial sectors must have in-depth knowledge of multiple areas of federal tax law. Acquiring an LL.M. in taxation is typically necessary and certainly always adds value to a student intending to practice in these areas.”

The “heart of the program,” Polito said, is an intensive 12-credit, 10-week summer program that would allow students to graduate in the same three-year-day-program or four-year-evening-program period required for obtaining a single law degree. At graduation, successful students would receive both J.D. and LL.M. degrees.

“Compared to the J.D. program, the only additional classes would be those in the summer session, so law students could graduate with J.D. and LL.M. degrees for about half the cost of attending a separate LL.M. program,” Polito said.

Tax LL.M. students are required to take an intensive summer session, which will begin in May 2015. In addition to the summer session, tax LL.M. students will take an additional eight credits of required tax courses and six credits of tax electives.

The tax LL.M. program also will be available for students who already have completed law school at Suffolk or elsewhere.

Suffolk joins Boston University, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Northwestern University, which offer three-year J.D./Tax LL.M. programs. Georgetown University, New York University, and University of San Diego offer seven-semester J.D./Tax LL.M. programs.