Meet the Increasing Demand for Tax Law Expertise
Tax law affects everything from the structure of a new start-up to cross-border trade to family break-ups. With clients operating in a multinational world, knowledge limited to domestic tax rules is no longer adequate and that's why Miami Law’s curriculum offers not only strong foundational courses like Federal Income Tax but also unique advanced courses like Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers. Studying in Miami, you are uniquely situated as South Florida is a leading center of international tax planning and asset management which offers a myriad of opportunities for internships and job placement. The tax program draws superb faculty from the local, national and international legal community, and these experts bring cutting-edge practice experience to the classroom.
Some Facts about Miami and Miami Law:
- Miami is the #2 international banking center in the U.S.
- 1,400+ multinational corporations headquartered in South Florida
- Miami Law offers unique specialization options like a J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in tax and an LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
"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
Advanced Business Taxation
International Transactions: Latin America
Academic Programs and Concentrations
"[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
“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
J.D./LL.M. - Estate Planning
J.D./LL.M. - Tax
J.D./LL.M. - Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
J.D./LL.M. in Real Estate Development
J.D./M.B.A - Business Administration
J.D./MAcc. - Accountancy
J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. - Estate Planning
J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. - Tax
J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. - Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
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.
"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
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS and PROJECTS
American Constitution Society
Business Law Society
Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board - National Tax Moot Court Competition, CKP Cup and Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition
Democratic Law Student Association
International Law Society
National Lawyers' Guild
Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society
Republican Law Students Association
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) with HOPE Public Interest Resource Center
James Bond teaches in the area of financial accounting for lawyers
Bill Blatt is an expert in taxation and legislation.
Scott Eichorn is the Associate Director and Practitioner-in-Residence for Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic.
Frances R. Hill teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax.
Stanley Langbein teaches federal income taxation, international tax, banking law, and commercial law.
Tom Robinson is an expert in taxation, estate planning, and trusts and estates.
Rebecca Rosenberg is Director of the Tax LL.M. program and teaches in the area of current U.S. tax policy
Stephen K. Urice is an expert in trusts and estates.
Teresa Verges is the director of Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic and teaches in the area of broker regulations.
Patricia White is an expert in trusts and estates and tax law.
"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
Examples of Where Our Graduates Work
"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
Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), Internal Revenue Service
Accounting & Consulting Firms
Alvarez & Marsal
Ambridge Partners, LLC (New York)
Corporate / Business & Industry
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Occidental Petroleum
Conferences, Lectures, Centers