Taxation, LL.M. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
12 months
1960 USD/credit 47040 USD/year
1960 USD/credit 47040 USD/year
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For over 40 years, the Taxation program at University of San Diego has produced skilled leaders in the field of tax law.


The University of San Diego School of Law is proud to be among the finest institutions providing graduate education and skills training in tax law. As one of the nation's top tax LLM programs, USD's Graduate Tax Program is the ideal choice for candidates who wish to study in the western United States. Graduates join our extensive network of LLM in Taxation alumni practicing throughout the region and the nation.

The Taxation program at University of San Diego provides candidates with the necessary theoretical and practical framework that employers require. Through intensive study, students develop a broad skill set in traditional tax lawyering skills. In addition, students gain a deep understanding of the policies forming the basis of our tax laws and Internal Revenue Service pronouncements and are able to analyze proposals for tax reform.

Key Program Features

The LLM in Taxation and Diploma in Taxation prepare attorneys for the private practice of tax law, for in-house counsel positions, for legal positions in large accounting firms, and for positions in taxing agencies at the state and federal levels.

  • Candidates are provided with a strong fundamental basis in tax law, but also have the flexibility to select advanced tax electives from the core curriculum to create a course of study that focuses on their particular areas of interest
  • The strong core of distinguished faculty comprises a diverse range of scholars and practitioners, all of whom are leaders in their areas of teaching and practice and have a remarkable commitment to the academic and professional development of their students
  • Almost 1,000 graduates are currently in practice in California, throughout the United States, and around the world
  • Alumni include current and former U.S. Tax Court clerks, members of the judiciary, partners and associates in a variety of firms, sole practitioners and government officials

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Federal Estate & Gift Taxation
  • Federal Tax Clinic
  • Finance & Accounting for Lawyers
  • International Taxation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
    • Official Law School Transcript(s)
    • Official Law School Class Rank
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Please submit a brief personal statement (1-3 pages) which addresses: the nature and extent of your legal background, other related professional experience, why you will be a successful candidate for this degree, how you plan to make use of your graduate degree, and any additional information you deem important
    • Two letters of Recommendation
    • International applicants are required to establish English competency through successful completion of an English language test (TOEFL or IELTS) 
    • Letter of Good Standing

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    47040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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