Welcome to the Master of Laws in Taxation Online

Technological innovation has changed the way some of today’s legal professionals serve their clients. It has also revolutionized the way Villanova University delivers graduate education. That’s why we now offer our distinguished on-campus Master of Laws in Taxation program online. You can earn your LLM in Taxation 100% online from Villanova in as few as 18 months.

Technological innovation has changed the way some of today’s legal professionals serve their clients. It has also revolutionized the way Villanova University delivers graduate education.

Villanova University School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) — the premier accrediting agency for business programs.

Forbes ranks Villanova University in the top 100 of “America’s Top Colleges.”

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 988-6738.

Villanova University has been ranked in the top 50 of the nation’s best colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report in the 2017 “Best Colleges” ranking.

About Villanova’s LLM in Taxation Online

The nationally recognized Graduate Tax Program offers an online Master of Laws in Taxation degree that few law schools can match, delivering the complete Villanova educational experience in an online format. Conducted jointly by the Charles Widger School of Law and the Villanova School of Business, the program stresses real-world education and professional responsibility in tax practice. Its flexibility and convenience allow you to earn your degree while simultaneously balancing the demands of work and family. One of the hallmarks of the program is the excellence of our faculty, who are industry professionals and experts in their field. Many faculty members have worked for the IRS, the Treasury Department or various private law firms. Recognized as industry thought leaders, our faculty members have been quoted in the media hundreds of times since 2013, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Reuters.

Designed to develop your taxation-based legal expertise, our nationally recognized tax program offers an online Master of Laws degree that few law schools can match.

LLM in Taxation Degree Highlights

Flexible Program

The online LLM degree in Taxation can be completed 100% online in as few as 18 months. An on-campus option is also available.

Relevant, custom curriculum

The rigorous and well-rounded curriculum is continually updated to ensure that what you learn is applicable to current tax policies and procedures. You have the opportunity to customize your coursework according to your interests and complete courses one at a time.

Proven Leadership

The program’s more than 60 faculty members include distinguished scholars and leading practitioners from Big Four accounting firms, top law firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as IRS and U.S. Treasury officials.

Nationwide Alumni

When you graduate from Villanova University, you enter a strong alumni network that includes tax, business and government professionals nationwide.

Why Villanova?

How can earning an LLM degree in Taxation enhance your career? A comprehensive understanding of tax law can help take your practice to the next level and give you a competitive edge. Whether you’re an established attorney who is looking to develop a specialty in taxation or a recent law school graduate, you have an opportunity to earn your next law degree online from a highly reputable institution. You can:
  • Become a legal professional who specializes in tax law.
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of tax law.
  • Gain practical experience through hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Interact with and learn from our renowned faculty of tax experts.
  • Learn skills that can help you succeed in this ever-changing and highly competitive field.

How can earning an LLM degree in Taxation enhance your career?

  • Become a legal professional who specializes in tax law.

  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of tax law.

  • Gain practical experience through hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Interact with and learn from our renowned faculty of tax experts.

  • Learn skills that can help you succeed in this ever-changing and highly competitive field.

Now Is the Time to Earn Your LLM in Taxation

There have been approximately 4,680 changes to the U.S. tax code since 2001 - an average of more than one per day.* As a result, the demand for tax-focused legal and accounting professionals with a deep understanding of the latest tax practices and policies continues to rise.

*Source: National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2012 Annual Report to Congress

Build an In-depth Understanding of Tax Changes

Today’s lawyers need to be aware of ever-changing taxation laws and how they inform modern business practices. If you’re a private practice lawyer, you may represent clients before federal, state and local taxing authorities.

Gain a Competitive Advantage

Separate yourself from the competition by earning your LLM in Taxation online from Villanova. You can acquire the complex blend of taxation-based legal expertise to help you thrive in top public and private sector organizations worldwide.

Our Curriculum

Our LLM in Taxation online is a 24-credit-hour program. It consists of six core courses plus three electives. Each of the program’s three 16-week semesters per academic year are divided into two 8-week terms. Complete one course per term and you can finish in as few as 18 months.

Our online LLM in Taxation is a 24-credit-hour program. It consists of six core courses plus three electives. The program’s three 16-week semesters per academic year are divided into two 8-week terms. Complete one course per term and you can finish in as few as 18 months.

Required Courses (18 Credit Hours)

  • Survey of Tax
  • Taxation I
  • Taxation II
  • Professional Responsibilities in Tax and Research & Writing
  • Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders
  • Partnership Taxation

Choose Three Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Tax Procedure
  • Wealth Tax
  • Taxation of Corporate Acquisitions and Reorganizations
  • Employee Benefits
  • State & Local Tax: Foundations
  • State & Local Tax: Income and Franchise Taxes
  • State & Local Tax: Sales and Use Tax
  • State & Local Tax: Controversy and Litigation Issues
  • State & Local Tax: Advanced Issues in Business Transactions
  • International Tax
  • Taxation of Trusts and Estates
  • Fundamentals of Testamentary Estate Planning
  • Charitable Gift Planning
  • Accounting of Income Taxes/ASC 740
  • Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
  • Fundamentals of Lifetime Estate Planning
  • Executive Compensation
  • Advanced Topics in Employee Benefits
  • Advanced Partnership Taxation
  • Qualified Pensions & Profit Sharing Plans I
  • Qualified Pensions & Profit Sharing Plans II

Villanova Graduate
Tax Faculty

Our LLM in Taxation online is delivered by tax experts who have worked at the highest levels of government and the private sector.

Our online LLM in Taxation is delivered by true taxation specialists with experience at the highest levels of government and the private sector.

What Is the Villanova Difference?

We take a personal approach to online learning.

As a LLM online student in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, you can become part of a distinguished and supportive learning community. Our program is designed to provide a cutting-edge, collaborative educational experience that fosters both your intellectual and personal growth. Our goal is to shape the next generation of tax law experts: ethical professionals who can think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.

Law is global.
So is our classroom.

We provide the tools, connections and support that can help you become the kind of legal expert who can operate effectively as a tax professional in a wide variety of settings, from government and private corporations to international organizations and academia. Our program gives you the opportunity to acquire the expertise and insights to help you succeed in the global marketplace. Now is the time to advance your taxation expertise with a Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Villanova University.