Chances of Getting into NYU or Georgetown Tax


Maybe you guys can give me an idea whether it’s worth applying for these programs based on these facts.

My background:
-Bachelor’s in accounting 3.4 GPA (Took a couple of tax classes, mainly As and Bs);
-I’ve been practicing tax for 10 years at a midsize firm. Started as an intern and now a Tax Manager;
-Licensed Certified Public Accountant in NY;
-Graduated from a tier 4 law school 3.4 GPA in December while working full-time (top 50% of class—10/23 last I checked). Took one tax class for the hell of it and got a B. I didnt study, not that it matters, but I should’ve studied;
-Recently passed the February 2021 UBE (Awaiting Admission).

[Edited by IslandboiCPA on May 19, 2021]

Maybe you guys can give me an idea whether it’s worth applying for these programs based on these facts.

My background:
-Bachelor’s in accounting 3.4 GPA (Took a couple of tax classes, mainly As and Bs);
-I’ve been practicing tax for 10 years at a midsize firm. Started as an intern and now a Tax Manager;
-Licensed Certified Public Accountant in NY;
-Graduated from a tier 4 law school 3.4 GPA in December while working full-time (top 50% of class—10/23 last I checked). Took one tax class for the hell of it and got a B. I didnt study, not that it matters, but I should’ve studied;
-Recently passed the February 2021 UBE (Awaiting Admission).
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Hi, 10 years is a lot of experience, so I would definitely give it a try. You mentioned having graduated from a tier 4 law school, but I assumed you studied whilst working? What's more, where you went for college and took your Bachelors also should count (at this point, only you could say that if that would help you or not). 3.4 GPA looks good as well, so I'm a bit surprised that put you only at top 50% at your law school. 

Hi, 10 years is a lot of experience, so I would definitely give it a try. You mentioned having graduated from a tier 4 law school, but I assumed you studied whilst working? What's more, where you went for college and took your Bachelors also should count (at this point, only you could say that if that would help you or not). 3.4 GPA looks good as well, so I'm a bit surprised that put you only at top 50% at your law school. 
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That’s correct. I worked full time my entire law school career. I’m in the top 50% because my December 2020 class was only 23 students and Im 10. A lot of students dropped or got kicked out within the first two years. 

I have another question. Do you think pursuing an LLM is a bit of an over kill if I already have a CPA? I’m considering working in the Big 4 for a few years or maybe law firm on something other than compliance. I really want to go into advisory or even estate planning. 

That’s correct. I worked full time my entire law school career. I’m in the top 50% because my December 2020 class was only 23 students and Im 10. A lot of students dropped or got kicked out within the first two years.&nbsp;<br><br>I have another question. Do you think pursuing an LLM is a bit of an over kill if I already have a CPA? I’m considering working in the Big 4 for a few years or maybe law firm on something other than compliance. I really want to go into advisory or even estate planning.&nbsp;
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Got it. I think this context makes a good case for your application.

I was an international student who joined Big4 after the LLM, but I'll give you my take: the LL.M. should be useful to get a job at a Big4. Big4's make intense recruiting at both NYU and Georgetown, particularly for transactions and international tax. I personally landed a Big4 job doing both, and it was a really cool experience. Finally, while I was there I didn't see the CPA as something equivalent to an LLM, but rather to having a bar license. The LLM should matter more for practice group and pay than having the CPA. The CPA (or the bar) is fundamental to getting promoted to manager and beyond. That was, at least, the situation I saw within my group.

If you plan on moving to a law firm, than I think the LLM will be quite worth it.

[Edited by taxcandidate on May 20, 2021]

Got it. I think this context makes a good case for your application.<br><br>I was an international student who joined Big4 after the LLM, but I'll give you my take: the LL.M. should be useful to get a job at a Big4. Big4's make intense recruiting at both NYU and Georgetown, particularly for transactions and international tax. I personally landed a Big4 job doing both, and it was a really cool experience. Finally, while I was there I didn't see the CPA as something equivalent to an LLM, but rather to having a bar license. The LLM should matter more for practice group and pay than having the CPA. The CPA (or the bar) is fundamental to getting promoted to manager and beyond. That was, at least, the situation I saw within my group.<br><br>If you plan on moving to a law firm, than I think the LLM will be quite worth it.
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