Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning

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The increasing complexity of our income tax, wealth transfer tax and property laws, combined with today’s changing economic environment and shifting demographics of our population, have created a demand for attorneys with expertise in individual and estate planning.

Estate planning attorneys are needed not only to deal with the tax implications of wealth transfers, but also with the related non-tax, investment and business succession planning issues. The Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning is ideally positioned to meet this growing need for sophisticated estate planning professionals.

Unique Curriculum

  • Unequaled combination of tax and estate planning courses unavailable elsewhere.
    • Fall semester - semester-long course work covering core topics in taxation and estates planning
    • Spring semester - one-week modular classes on advanced level tax and estate planning topics
  • Program's specialized training enables law graduates and attorneys to rapidly acquire a high level of technical expertise

Exceptional Faculty & Mentoring

  • Nationally recognized experts and faculty in the field of estate planning unmatched in graduate-level legal education
  • Select program size allows for personalized attention from staff and strong camaraderie among LL.M. students

Hands-On Learning

  • Individual, practical experience working under the direct supervision of a practicing estate planning attorney
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with estate planning professionals at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Flexible Study Options

  • Only full-time law school-based program leading to an LL.M. in estate planning.
  • Part-time and joint J.D./LL.M. programs available

Our 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 is also the immediate past chair of the ABA's Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law (RPTE), and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

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Jonathan P. Lee - LL.M. 2006"The Graduate Program in Estate Planning provides a wide range of exposure to the issues that are prevalent in a sophisticated estate planning and administration practice. The courses are taught by some of the most esteemed estate planning experts throughout the United States. It is the most complete program available to prepare practitioners for the complex issues of an estate planning practice".

Jonathan P. Lee - LL.M. 2006
Ellis, Lawhorne & Simms, PA.
Columbia, South Carolina


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