JD/Tax LL.M.

Description

JD students may concurrently enroll in the LLM Concentration in Taxation program.  The LL.M. Concentration in Tax is an interactive online, 24-credit-hour program designed to prepare students for a sophisticated tax law practice.  The program provides an educational opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in tax law that is both broad-based and in-depth.  Students can choose electives allowing them to focus in either Estate Planning or Business Tax.  The program develops practical skills to support career growth and preparation for tax practice.

JD students can earn a JD and an LL.M. degree at the same time by attending summer school following their second and third years of law school.  With careful planning, students can avoid taking courses the summer after graduation.  The LL.M. tuition rate will apply to any courses taken after JD graduation.  Click here for the current rate.

Degree Requirements

JD students must complete all JD graduation requirements including 90 credit hours. The LL.M. requires 24 credit hours. JD/LL.M. students must take the following required 13 hours of courses offered during the terms indicated below:

Fall
Personal Income Tax (2 hours)
Capital Transactions (3 hours)

Spring
Civil Tax Procedure (2 hours)
Corporate Tax (3 hours)

Summer
Partnership Tax (3 hours)

The remaining 11 hours may be selected from the online tax electives or from the online concentration in Business Transactions program: Here is a recommended schedule for third year of law school (electives subject to change).

Fall
Estate and Gift Tax (2 hours)
Accounting for Lawyers (2 hours)
(1 or 2 hour elective; e.g. Intro to Accounting)

Spring
Income Tax of Estates and Trusts (2 hours)
Estate Planning (2 hours)
(1 or 2 hour elective)

Application of LL.M. Credits to your JD Degree

Subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, students may apply up to 15 credit hours in distance education courses toward their JD degree.  Students may not enroll in distance education courses until they have completed 28 credit hours. JD students must complete all JD graduation requirements.

Application of JD Credits to the LL.M. Degree

With approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Law Programs, up to 6 hours (3 courses at 2 hours each) of select JD tax or business law courses may be applied to the LL.M. degree.  Although it is preferred that JD students take Personal Income Tax and International Tax online in the LL.M. program, two credit hours of each JD version offered in the building will also count toward the LL.M. degree. Students should meet with the Associate Dean for Graduate Law Programs to discuss which JD courses are appropriate to be applied to the LL.M. degree.

Prerequisites/Grades

Prerequisites in the LL.M. program apply only to LL.M. courses and JD tax law course prerequisites apply only to JD courses.  The JD program requires students to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.33(See JD academic standards in the Student Handbook.) The LL.M. program requires students to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Grades in LL.M. courses do not affect your JD grade point average or class ranking.

In the second year of the LL.M. program, students interested in focusing on estate planning should focus on this trio of courses in this order:  Estate & Gift Tax, Income Taxation of Estates & Trusts, and Estate Planning.  Estate and Gift must be taken first.

How to Apply

JD students are automatically admitted to the LL.M program but, as a condition of that admittance, must meet with both Daniel Powell, the Associate Dean for Graduate Law Programs (dpowell@law.ua.edu) and Grace Lee, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (glee@law.ua.edu).

In preparation for these meetings, please draft a preliminary plan for the JD and LL.M courses you plan to take your second and third year in Law School. You will find the LL.M schedule of courses here.