Study Options / Joint and Triple Degree Programs in Taxation

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"Before attending the UM tax law program, I was a public defender...I decided to do an LL.M. in tax, and through UM's international tax program, I walked into a whole new world and found my niche. I get to travel around the world, handling high– valued, complex tax cases, working with large law firms, accounting firms, and with numerous foreign government tax officials. I always dreamed of a career that allows me to travel. With UM Law as my legal base, I can honestly say, my career is exceeding my expectations."
Melissa Muhammad, J.D. '96, LL.M. Tax '00
Competent Authority Analyst, Internal Revenue Service
Washington, D.C.

Joint J.D./LL.M. Program

The joint degree option (J.D./LL.M.) is for students who have a genuine interest and aptitude for tax and want to develop expertise to improve chances of working in a particular area such as business organizations and transactions, estate planning and wealth management, or international tax. This option is open to both Miami Law students and to students at other law schools.


Miami Law Students - The Joint J.D./LL.M. option is available to students from the University of Miami School of Law who must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.00 and at least a "B" in Federal Income Tax.

Students from Other Law Schools - Students who are enrolled at other law schools and wish to apply to the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 and earned at least a "B" in Federal Income Tax. They must also submit a letter from their home school dean confirming that Miami Law's program credits will be accepted for transfer toward their J.D. degree.


FOR CURRENT J.D. STUDENTS: The joint degree program (J.D./LL.M.) offers the opportunity to earn both degrees in only seven semesters, saving time and tuition money over earning the degrees separately. J.D./ LL.M. students are only allowed to take one J.D. course while completing the LL.M. Click here to access the online application

When to Apply

Miami Law J.D. students may apply to the LL.M. Program during fall or spring of their 2L year, but before the end of the spring semester of the second year.

Begin Taking LL.M. Courses

3L year

Shortest Completion Time

7 semesters
6 semesters +2 summers

J.D. Credits Required


LL.M. Credits Required


Number of Credits Saved



Belkania Candelario“During my two moot court competitions in Spanish, I dramatically improved my advocacy and writing abilities. I appreciated this real-life aspect of working in a group and dealing with each other’s strengths and weaknesses to make the team better as a whole. The students…went from barely understanding the readings or articulating proper legal arguments in Spanish to expressing perfect ideas and persuasive arguments in front of the judges from all over Latin America.” 
Belkania Candelario, J.D. ‘15, LL.M. in Tax ‘17 
Managing Director, Strenta Family Office Services, Inc.
Miami, FL 

FOR CURRENT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE TAX LL.M. PROGRAM: Application Requirements for Admission to the J.D. Program -
Current Miami Law Taxation LL.M. students should submit an application for admission to the J.D. program during the Fall semester of their LL.M. studies and no later than November 1. It is recommended that students discuss their intention to apply to the J.D. program with their LL.M. program director early on in their LL.M. studies to make sure their course selection enables them to complete all graduation requirements effectively. Please refer to the J.D. application overview page for further information.

A separate admissions committee will review their application and determine eligibility to enter the J.D. program. The admissions committee takes into consideration the nature of, and grade point average in, classes taken by the applicant while enrolled in the LL.M. program. 

Triple Degree Program: J.D./M.B.A.+ LL.M. in Tax

Eli R. RodriguesPursuing a J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in tax at the University of Miami is undeniably the best decision I made with respect to my career. The Triple Degree Program instilled a deep technical foundation that has prepared me to advise on the most complex matters.”
Eli R. Rodrigues, J.D./M.B.A./LL.M., '17
Associate, Duane Morris LLP
Miami, FL

This program is exclusively for those who were undergraduate business majors and is ideal for those with the long-term goal of servicing top corporate clients or becoming a senior executive at a bank or financial institution.

Program and Application Specifics 

When to Apply

Miami Law J.D. students may apply to the LL.M. Program during fall or spring of their 2L year, but before the end of the spring semester of the second year.

Miami Law J.D. students apply to the one-year M.B.A. Program as early as spring semester of your second year. (Note: You must have the results of your GMAT exam when you apply to the one-year M.B.A. Program)

Begin Taking Graduate Courses

LL.M. - 3L year
M.B.A. - Summer between 2L and 3L year. 

Shortest Completion Time

8 semesters + 1 summer

Number of Credits Saved

12 (6 J.D., 6 LL.M.)


For specific information about the triple degree option:

Contact Taxation Program Coordinator Aileen Valido at 305-284-5567 or In addition, interested students can contact Hakim Lakhdar, Director of Professional Legal Programs, University of Miami School of Law, 305-284-4345 or

For information about the Accelerated 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: Accelerated M.B.A. Program