I like taxes. Not always in the political sense (if you want to geek out about tax policy chat me up and I’ll pencil you in for two hours…), but in terms of interesting law, I really like taxes. Tax law is business law, and a puzzle, and full of rich economic policy. This year I’ve been taking a lot of my classes through the Graduate Tax Program here at BU. Since late 2L year I’ve been considering completing the accelerated 7-semester J.D. LL.M. dual degree, but a recent turn of events changed my plans and I’ll be working next fall instead (hooray!)
So, I emailed the head of the Grad Tax Program (a.k.a. the “GTP”) and asked if BU allowed accelerated completion of the LL.M. on a part-time basis. I was pleased to hear that BU was one step ahead of me, and they were voting on that very issue the following week! I was even more pleased when I received the news that I will be able to complete the LL.M. on both an accelerated and a part-time basis. I got exactly what I wanted, and it makes me so happy! I think this also illustrates something great about our school – the administrators here are always considering what’s next – what do students need and employers want? Students are invited to comment on new and old programs annually at our school’s community meeting with the dean. I really appreciate the fact that we have a forum to make suggestions regarding classes we’d like to see, administrative issues we’ve experienced, or anything else that comes to mind.
What’s this accelerated LL.M. program though, you ask? Well, it is simply BU’s nationally-ranked Tax LL.M., but instead of studying for my LL.M. full-time for a year, or part-time for, say, 3 years, I am taking twelve qualifying GTP credits during my J.D. studies, and those twelve credits will count towards my LL.M. This should halve the time it takes me to finish the LL.M. on a part-time basis while working! I love everything about this: (1) I can take great tax classes now; (2) I can take great tax classes to enhance my practice when I start working; (3) all the classes will count towards my LL.M and half of them will also count towards my J.D. So, for BU J.D. students, the dual degree J.D./LL.M. in tax is now available on a 6-semester, 7-semester, or 6 semester plus part-time basis. If you attend and are interested in getting a tax LL.M. you can begin by taking Federal Income Taxation as a 2L and continuing on from there!
The Tax LL.M. is also available to J.D. graduates from any school on a full-time, part-time, or now even an online-only basis. (The fact that all our tax classes are videotaped for the online-only students, and are also available to us on Blackboard is also incredibly helpful to those who occasionally have to miss class due to, say, job interviews.) Tax LL.M. students are also eligible for a program-specific recruiting schedule, which provides great access to the Big Four accounting firms, as well as law firms with established tax practices.