Tax Law

cross-border tax image of mapBring an International Perspective to the Ongoing Demand for Tax Law Expertise

Sarah Sindledecker Jacobson"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
Miami, FL

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.

Janyl Relling SmithExperiential Learning Opportunities

"[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 
Aventura, FL 

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
Banking Law
Corporate Finance
Corporate Tax
Introduction to Financial Instruments
Limitations on Loss Utilization
Partnership Tax
Securities Regulation
Tax Accounting
Taxation of Business Entities
Taxation of Investment Funds
Transactions Involving Consolidated Groups

Estate Planning 

Asset Protection Planning
Charitable Gifts and Foundations
Dispositions of the Family Business
Drafting and Preparation of Estate Plans
Drafting for Estate Planners
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Ethical and Practical Aspects of Estate Planning
Family Law
Federal Wealth Transfer Tax
Fiduciary Administration
Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
Income Tax for Estate Planners
Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
Insurance Planning
International Estate Planning
Introduction to the Probate Process
Investment Planning
Marital Deduction Planning
Planning for Distributions from Qualified Plans, IRAs and Non-Qualified Plans
Trusts and Estates

International Tax (Corporate or Individual)

Comparative Company Law: U.S.-Latin America
Comparative Transfer Pricing: U.S., OECD, Latin America
Doing Business in Latin America
EU Banking and Securities Laws
European Corporate and Company Law
EU Financial Regulation
Income Tax Treaties
International Business Transactions
International Business Law Seminar
International Economic Law
International Finance
International Investment Agreements
International Sales
International Tax: Inbound
International Tax: Outbound
International Tax Law
International Transactions: Europe
International Transactions: South America Taxation of Property Transactions
Investment Arbitration
Representing High Net Worth Individuals
State and Local Taxation
Structuring Latin American Investments 
Structuring Non-Latin American Investments by Latin American Entities
The Law and Practice of Sovereign Debt Management
Tax Controversy (missing Lit Skills and other litigation-related classes)
Federal Criminal Tax Procedure
Federal Tax Procedure

Tax Controversy 
Federal Criminal Tax Procedure
Federal Tax Procedure
Introduction to Litigation 
Investment Arbitration 
Litigation Skills I and II
Negotiation Skills
Presentation of Evidence 
Pretrial Litigation Practice 
Preparing the Corporate Client for Litigation 

Extracurricular Opportunities

Shayla Waldon"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 CompetitionCKP 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.  

Melissa Muhammad"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 
Washington, DC  

Student Journals

Business Law Review

Joint Degrees / Concentrations

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, Tax & International Law Practice Group, Shutts & Bowen LLP
Miami, FL

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 

Erika Jensen"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

Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Bankruptcy Skills Annual Workshop

International Opportunities

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.

Examples of Where Our Graduates Work

Law Firms

Baker McKenzie
Bilzin Sumberg
Carlton Fields
Chamberlain Hrdlicka (Texas)
Day Pitney
Derains & Gharavi (Paris, France)
DiRuzzo & Company
Dorot & Bensimon
Fowler White Burnett
Fox Rothschild
Greenberg Traurig
Greenspoon Marder
Hill Ward Henderson
Holland & Knight
Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li
Jackson Law Group
Katten Muchin Rosenman (Chicago)
K/S Attorneys at Law
Kozusco Harris Duncan (Washington D.C)
Morgan, Lewis
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg
Richard & Partners
Salcedo Attorneys at Law
Scharlack Legal  (Sau Paulo, Brazil)
Shutts & Bowen
Tosolini, Lamura, Rasile & Toniutti 
Zwicker & Associates, P.C. (Boston)


Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), Internal Revenue Service
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Florida Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division 

Accounting & Consulting Firms

Alvarez & Marsal
Andersen Global
Berkowitz Pollack Brant
Grant Thornton
Mendez Molieri & Co

Financial Services

Ambridge Partners, LLC (New York)
Banco Itau
J.P. Morgan Chase
Morgan Stanley
Northwestern Mutual
WE Family Offices

Corporate / Business & Industry

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Occidental Petroleum
Dockside Realty Company
Gulfstream (North Carolina)
NextEra Energy
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Global Compliance & Ethics
Ryder System, Inc. (Texas)

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*Lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, but this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study.