Bring an International Perspective to the Ongoing Demand for Tax Law Expertise
"The program provided me with the specialized knowledge to excel in private client practice and focus on international tax and estate planning. Each of my professors genuinely cared about my success...dedicated staff helped guide me to the right firm and prepared me for the interviewing process."
Sarah Sindledecker Jacobson, J.D. '08, LL.M. '11 in Tax
Attorney, Day Pitney, LLP
Tax law affects everything from the structure of a new start-up to cross-border trade to family break-ups. Add in the fact is that tax law is a moving target, constantly evolving and becoming ever more complex. Layer on the globalization of trade and investment, with clients operating in a multinational world, and now knowledge limited to domestic tax rules is now longer adequate. This is why tax lawyers will always be in demand, and why tax lawyers trained at Miami Law prosper. Studying in Miami, you are uniquely situated as South Florida is a leading center of international tax planning and asset management. Our courses reflect Miami’s business diversity, from the strong foundational courses to unique specialty courses in representing high net worth international families. The tax program draws superb faculty from the local, national and international legal community. These experts bring cutting-edge practice experience to the classroom.
"[In the Investor Rights Clinic] I heard horror stories from clients who suffered devastating losses due to fraud, misrepresentation, churning (executing trades to increase commission fees), twisting (pressuring a client into purchasing additional financial products), or other misconduct at the hands of brokers. I [was] anxious to gain the legal advocacy skills necessary to assist those who need representation in these types of claims."
Janyl Relling Smith J.D./LL.M. ‘16 in Tax
Financial Advisor, Singer Wealth
Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic
Internships with the Internal Revenue Service and the Low Income Tax Clinic of Legal Services of Greater Miami
Investor Rights Clinic
Startup Practicum - Certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
At Miami Law, J.D. students interested in tax start with Federal Income Tax. International Tax is offered every other year. J.D. students can also take (with professor’s permission) Taxation of Business Entities, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax and other classes in the Graduate Tax Program. Interested students may also participate in domestic and international tax moot court competitions by taking certain moot court classes. So, what kind of tax lawyer do you want to be? The other classes you should take at Miami Law depend on the answer to that question.
General Business Planning
Advanced Corporate Tax
Asset Protection Planning
International Tax (Corporate or Individual)
Comparative Company Law: U.S.-Latin America
"My Spanish improved a lot...canvassing and doing tax preparation. [The VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program] is a great way to practice another language."
Shayla N. Waldon, J.D. '13
Employment Litigation Associate, JacksonLewis
Business Law Society
Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board - National Tax Moot Court Competition, CKP Cup and Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition
Tax Law Society
Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) with HOPE Public Interest Resource Center - VITA is a nationwide program that provides free tax assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals who need help with basic income tax return preparation and electronic filing. As one of the poorest urban centers, Miami is in need of direct services that provide e-filing and rapid tax refunds, allowing clients expeditious access to funds without charging fees for the service. Law students who speak English, Spanish and Creole can be VITA volunteers and receive training from the IRS and operate a site in conjunction with the IRS during tax season.
"With UM Law as my legal base, I can honestly say, my career is exceeding my expectations. 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."
Melissa Muhammad, J.D. ‘96 and International Tax LL.M. ‘00
Competent Authority Analyst, Internal Revenue Service
Joint Degrees / Concentrations
“Pursuing 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, Tax & International Law Practice Group, Shutts & Bowen LLP
Business Compliance and Sustainability Concentration
J.D./M.B.A in Business Administration
J.D./MAcc. in Accountancy
J.D./LL.M. in Estate Planning
J.D./LL.M. in Tax
J.D./LL.M. in Real Estate Development
Triple Degree Programs for Business Majors: J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. in Estate Planning or Tax
"Thanks to my tax LL.M. I'm lucky, post graduation to be working as a tax associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Mergers and Acquisitions Group."
Erika Jenson J.D./ LL.M. in Tax '17
Senior Tax Associate, M & A Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers
New York, NY
Institutes / Conferences
International Moot Court Program - International & European Tax Moot Competition
Zurich Seminar Program – 2-week exchange with University of Zurich (1 week Miami, 1 Switzerland) focuses on transnational and comparative law issues in business and finance.