Tax--Georgetown or Florida


Which school would you choose out of these two for a domestic tax llm? Reasons? (besides cost). Thanks

Which school would you choose out of these two for a domestic tax llm? Reasons? (besides cost). Thanks
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C-Love

Honestly Im choosing Florida due to cost but I have talked with a few attorneys around my area (Dallas) and they have said how highly regarded Florida tax is. They have told me how well Florida prepares people for jobs.

I didnt ask them about Georgetown though, im certain their program is just as good and the name sells itself but anyone who is familiar with tax programs understand how well rated Florida is.

Honestly Im choosing Florida due to cost but I have talked with a few attorneys around my area (Dallas) and they have said how highly regarded Florida tax is. They have told me how well Florida prepares people for jobs.

I didnt ask them about Georgetown though, im certain their program is just as good and the name sells itself but anyone who is familiar with tax programs understand how well rated Florida is.
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I'm also from the south and possibly looking to move to Houston after getting the LLM. What types of attorneys did you talk to? I am just curious how the Florida degree is perceived at some of the bigger firms in Texas compared to NYU and Georgetown

I'm also from the south and possibly looking to move to Houston after getting the LLM. What types of attorneys did you talk to? I am just curious how the Florida degree is perceived at some of the bigger firms in Texas compared to NYU and Georgetown
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C-Love

I talked to a few tax attorneys and then also some former Florida and NYU tax students. I have been told that obviously the NYU name sells itself, probably be the same for Georgetown. When you think of top schools "Florida" doesnt come to mind so you have to sell yourself more but any large firm should know that Florida is highly regarded.

I was also told that if you get into any of the top 3 (NYU, Florida, Georgetown) you will be fine, most firms know these ranks and Im sure in Houston it wont be hard finding a good job.... Your name is Tigers, does that happen to be LSU tigers?

I talked to a few tax attorneys and then also some former Florida and NYU tax students. I have been told that obviously the NYU name sells itself, probably be the same for Georgetown. When you think of top schools "Florida" doesnt come to mind so you have to sell yourself more but any large firm should know that Florida is highly regarded.

I was also told that if you get into any of the top 3 (NYU, Florida, Georgetown) you will be fine, most firms know these ranks and Im sure in Houston it wont be hard finding a good job.... Your name is Tigers, does that happen to be LSU tigers?
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hangfire

I was also told that if you get into any of the top 3 (NYU, Florida, Georgetown) you will be fine, most firms know these ranks and Im sure in Houston it wont be hard finding a good job


Be very careful about getting an LL.M. in this economy. While going to a Top-3 may have been fine in the past, that is no longer true.

Getting offers has been extremely difficult this Spring -- even for students at the top of the class. Biglaw is not offering, and many graduates are scrambling for the few IRS jobs out there.

I'm not trying to beat-up on the above poster or to discourage you from getting the LL.M. Just saying that you should go into this eyes wide open.

-GULC '09

<blockquote>I was also told that if you get into any of the top 3 (NYU, Florida, Georgetown) you will be fine, most firms know these ranks and Im sure in Houston it wont be hard finding a good job</blockquote>

Be very careful about getting an LL.M. in this economy. While going to a Top-3 may have been fine in the past, that is no longer true.

Getting offers has been extremely difficult this Spring -- even for students at the top of the class. Biglaw is not offering, and many graduates are scrambling for the few IRS jobs out there.

I'm not trying to beat-up on the above poster or to discourage you from getting the LL.M. Just saying that you should go into this eyes wide open.

-GULC '09
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andone

hangfire -

sadly, you're not the first person i heard such a dismal account of job prospects from. one person ive talked with said about half of g-town's current tax llm (graduating in may) class is still job searching. would you say that's about accurate?

hangfire -

sadly, you're not the first person i heard such a dismal account of job prospects from. one person ive talked with said about half of g-town's current tax llm (graduating in may) class is still job searching. would you say that's about accurate?
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hangfire

I would say it's much more than half, but I'm just going by what I hear. And I don't think it's limited to GULC. I have many friends at NYU who are in the same boat.

Many of us got interviews through TIP (i.e., the joint interview program between GULC and NYU). Several received callbacks. Very few got offers. Biglaw and Big 4 are just not hiring.

I wouldn't have listened if someone told me not to get an LL.M. But it's worth thinking this decision through very carefully. Do not just say, "I'm going to a Top-3 and someone will hire me." That's just not true.

I would say it's much more than half, but I'm just going by what I hear. And I don't think it's limited to GULC. I have many friends at NYU who are in the same boat.

Many of us got interviews through TIP (i.e., the joint interview program between GULC and NYU). Several received callbacks. Very few got offers. Biglaw and Big 4 are just not hiring.

I wouldn't have listened if someone told me not to get an LL.M. But it's worth thinking this decision through very carefully. Do not just say, "I'm going to a Top-3 and someone will hire me." That's just not true.
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andone

WOW - that's a sobering statistic. it's time like this when i wished i had entered the nursing field.

WOW - that's a sobering statistic. it's time like this when i wished i had entered the nursing field.
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hangfire

I'm not sure how accurate my statistic is. But morale is certainly low among graduating students. Many of us came in with the idea of cleaning up with a good job (or perhaps just any job).

Applications have increased at GULC this year. That's not surprising, given the economy. But I also think that people are not taking a realistic look at where they'll be in 12 months. Just don't think it's worth $60k if you have other options.

That said, the classroom experience has been nothing short of fantastic. I've learned more in the last year than in three years of law school.

I'm not sure how accurate my statistic is. But morale is certainly low among graduating students. Many of us came in with the idea of cleaning up with a good job (or perhaps just any job).

Applications have increased at GULC this year. That's not surprising, given the economy. But I also think that people are not taking a realistic look at where they'll be in 12 months. Just don't think it's worth $60k if you have other options.

That said, the classroom experience has been nothing short of fantastic. I've learned more in the last year than in three years of law school.
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hangfire, are most of the people that are having trouble finding jobs looking in the northeast, or is it equally tough all over the country. i would be looking to move back south, do you know how the prospects are right now in the south for current tax llm students.

hangfire, are most of the people that are having trouble finding jobs looking in the northeast, or is it equally tough all over the country. i would be looking to move back south, do you know how the prospects are right now in the south for current tax llm students.
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hangfire

Few firms from the SE came to TIP. Some firms had slots in Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, and Chicago. That's all I can remember off the top of my head.

Out of the above cities, I know exactly one person who got offered (I'm sure there are a few others though). But I'm unaware of an offers from the Big 4. More people are going to the IRS than any other place I've heard.

In sum, I don't know what it looks like in the SE. But my hunch is that NYC and DC are hiring more than say Atlanta, Charlotte, etc. I'd hit up the UF students for more advice there.

Few firms from the SE came to TIP. Some firms had slots in Dallas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland, and Chicago. That's all I can remember off the top of my head.

Out of the above cities, I know exactly one person who got offered (I'm sure there are a few others though). But I'm unaware of an offers from the Big 4. More people are going to the IRS than any other place I've heard.

In sum, I don't know what it looks like in the SE. But my hunch is that NYC and DC are hiring more than say Atlanta, Charlotte, etc. I'd hit up the UF students for more advice there.
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