Loyola University Chicago

School of Law


1. What distinguishes Loyola’s Tax and Estate Planning Program from other law schools’ programs?

  • Unlike other law schools with strong reputations in tax and estate planning, Loyola’s resources are concentrated on its JD Program. Loyola has three full-time professors, two clinical professors, and many adjunct professors devoted to strengthening the Tax and Estate Planning Program. In recent years, 10-15% of Loyola JDs have earned a Tax Certificate.

2. What are the benefits of earning a Tax Certificate or an LLM in Taxation?

  • The Tax Certificate enables Loyola JD students to convey the depth of their education to the tax, estate planning, business litigation, and corporate law departments of firms of all sizes. By completing the certificate, a student will also be able to receive an LLM in Taxation from Loyola on an accelerated basis (only 12 additional credit hours).
  • The LLM offers qualified JDs the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and practice skills in tax law. 

3. Are there certain required courses that I must complete?

  • To earn a Tax Certificate, the student must complete a required set of five “core courses” with a 3.0 average: Federal Income Tax, Corporate & Partnership Tax, Advanced Corporate Tax, Estate & Gift Tax, and Tax Audits, Procedure & Ethics.
  • To earn an LLM, a student must complete the certificate courses as well as Tax Research and an LLM Seminar. LLM students must also choose from a list of elective courses to complete the hours required for graduation.

4. How do I apply?