Joint and Triple Degree Programs: Estate Planning


W. Douglas Hoak - LL.M. 2011
"The Estate Planning LL.M. enabled me to make a contribution to my firm's success right from the outset. I'm certain I would be less valuable to my employer and clients had I not completed the program."
W. Douglas Hoak - LL.M. '11
Lewis Bess Williams & Weese, Denver, Colorado
J. Allison Archbold - LL.M. 2007
"In nine months the Graduate Program in Estate Planning taught me concepts and techniques that would have taken me years to learn through continuing legal education course and private practice. It was a great way to transition to a career in estate planning."
J. Allison Archbold - LL.M. '07
Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., Sarasota, Florida

Joint J.D. /LL.M. Program

  • Part-time and full-time programs available
  • Joint J.D./LL.M. Program offers students an opportunity to earn both degrees over either six semesters and two summers of study, or over seven full semesters
  • Joint Degree Program allows 12 LL.M. credits to be applied to the J.D. degree

Triple Degree Program: J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in Estate Planning

This program is ideal for those with the long-term goal of serving as advisors to the owners of closely-held businesses or family offices, or who plan to work with banking, trust or investment companies.

  • Students can obtain 3 degrees in 4 years — a J.D., an M.B.A. and an LL.M. in Estate Planning.
  • Available only to individuals who were undergraduate business majors.

Applying to the Triple Degree Program

Students can apply to the LL.M. Program in Estate Planning as early as the spring semester of their first year of law school.  During the second year of law school, students should also apply to the one-year MBA program by the Early Decision deadline of June 1st; students must have the results of their GMAT exam when they apply.

For specific information about the triple degree option: Contact Estate Planning Program Coordinator Laura Adams at 305-284-4498 or In addition, interested students can contact Sandy Abraham, Executive Liaison, Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives, University of Miami School of Law, 305-284-4030 or

For information about the One-Year M.B.A. Program:
University of Miami School of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs
Telephone: 305-284-2510 or toll free 1-800-531-7137
Fax: 305-284-1878
Web: One-Year M.B.A. Program


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Please contact Laura Adams, Program Coordinator at:
Phone: 305-284-4918
Fax: 305-284-6752

Mailing Address
University of Miami School of Law
Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning
1311 Miller Drive Room C-423
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Program Director

Tina Portuondo
Tina Portuondo the Director of the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning and the Director of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. She joined the Law School after practicing in the areas of tax and estate planning in New York and Miami. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estates (ACTEC) and the Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section

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