"To LL.M. (Tax) or not to LL.M (Tax)That is the question"
To LL.M. (Tax) or not to LL.M (Tax)—That is the question Prof. Mombrun Prof. Branch Assistant Dean Morgan Rough Estimate of tax student career path First Tax Class -- Last Tax Class Tax Court Law Clerk LL. M. More JD Tax Classes Program First & Last Tax Class = No More Steps Congratulations ! First Tax Class Seriously – an eye opener First time in law school where you get a real answer in class --Not usually—It depends or what do you think? --Normally, either you meet the statutory requirements or you do not --Love at first sight --or you heard that tax lawyers make Benefits of an LL.M. • Improve tax job placement significantly • Almost a requirement these days • Improve substantive tax knowledge—BIG TIME • Improve practical knowledge Benefits of LL.M • Preparation for career at: • IRS or Gvt. Agency • Law Firm or Accounting Firm • Business or Estate Planning • Teaching • Choosing New Business Entities • In-House Counsel • Real Estate Benefits of LL.M. • Probate • Personal Income Tax • Local Government Preparing for an LL. M. • Corporate Tax and • Partnership Tax • Advanced Income • Tax Procedure Tax • Gift & Estate Tax • VITA • Income Tax of Trusts – Coordinator & Estates – Director • State & Local Tax – Volunteer • Tax Club? • Tax Paper • Join ABA Tax Section • Tax externship or internship You are in your third year? • See what you can do from previous slide • Secure really good recommendations from your tax professors • Make sure you get the best possible grades in your tax classes and business classes • Prepare your application carefully and highlight what makes you unique or different You are in your second year! • More flexibility! • Complete list in slide #8 • Do well in your tax and business classes • Secure really good recommendations • Convince your professors that you really want to get that LL.M. Before the LL. M. Program • Apply in Sept/Oct of 3L year – Rolling Admissions • Make good grades in all your Tax Classes • Take as many Tax Classes as Possible • Write a Tax Article – Get Published – Enter Competitions! Which program to apply to? • Go for the top! • Caveat: Be sure you know what you want and where you want to be! • Above all—APPLY, APPLY, APPLY • DO NOT TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF THE RUNNING—THIS IS NOT YOUR JOB!! Special Mention—U of Florida • Consistently ranked #1 or #2 • Rigorous program and very well respected • Relatively affordable • One year of Florida weather • Constantly looking to improve Special Mention-- Northwestern • Program started in 2002 and they are already ranked #4 by US News • They appear very aggressive and committed to the growth of the program • 94% of graduates employed within 9 months of graduation • TARE—Tax Attorney Recruitment Event – Started recruitment drive 2 years ago with the University of Florida and Boston University What’s the LL. M. Program Like? • Like your 1L year … again! • Problem-solving based classes • Much more reading, researching, & studying • Saturation of information • Possible thesis paper • Makes JD look like kindergarten Applying for Jobs in Today’s Market • Résumés vs. Networking • Cover Letter – Don’t start off with Mickey Mouse opening – Sign your name!!! – Proofread and reproof for errors and awkward phrasing • Complete application packet • Join Tax Section Committees • PASS THE BAR To LL.M (Tax) or not to LL.M. (tax) The End