Tax LLM Admissions Criteria


not yet, but roughly high 40-50% rank. thanks

not yet, but roughly high 40-50% rank. thanks
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josh129

@potentialtaxllm - I was recently admitted to NYU, Georgetown and UF. I also transferred from a tier 4 school to a top 50 school after my first year of law school. I am currently in the top 20% of my class and have received over a 3.5 in the 3 tax classes I took.

One question I have for you is whether you have applied to any of these schools yet. If you have, when was your application complete at the school? In my opinion the earlier you apply the better the chances of getting into to certain schools (i.e. NYU, UF, Georgetown). Nevertheless, I think your chances are pretty good at Northwestern and UM. However, while I am not an admissions director, I am pretty certain that there are no guarantees at NYU, UF, or Georgetown unless you have a 3.5 or better and/or in the top 20% of your class. Two or three years ago, the criteria may have been less. However, in light of the drastic increase in applications for LL.M programs, the criteria has become much stricter. Again, my response may be different depending on whether you have applied or not.

Best of luck to you. Please let me know if I can provide any more insight or opinion.

-Josh
www.taxdocket.com

@potentialtaxllm - I was recently admitted to NYU, Georgetown and UF. I also transferred from a tier 4 school to a top 50 school after my first year of law school. I am currently in the top 20% of my class and have received over a 3.5 in the 3 tax classes I took.

One question I have for you is whether you have applied to any of these schools yet. If you have, when was your application complete at the school? In my opinion the earlier you apply the better the chances of getting into to certain schools (i.e. NYU, UF, Georgetown). Nevertheless, I think your chances are pretty good at Northwestern and UM. However, while I am not an admissions director, I am pretty certain that there are no guarantees at NYU, UF, or Georgetown unless you have a 3.5 or better and/or in the top 20% of your class. Two or three years ago, the criteria may have been less. However, in light of the drastic increase in applications for LL.M programs, the criteria has become much stricter. Again, my response may be different depending on whether you have applied or not.

Best of luck to you. Please let me know if I can provide any more insight or opinion.

-Josh
www.taxdocket.com
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Thanks Josh.
I have recently finished applying. I got my application to GULC late, but they were nonetheless willing to accept it (at least that is what they made clear to me on my phone convos). GULC, NYU and U of FL (Levin) are completed applications. In regards to Northwestern, U of Miami, and Boston's applications; they will be complete once I get my second LOR mailed in. Thanks for your advice Josh.

Thanks Josh.
I have recently finished applying. I got my application to GULC late, but they were nonetheless willing to accept it (at least that is what they made clear to me on my phone convos). GULC, NYU and U of FL (Levin) are completed applications. In regards to Northwestern, U of Miami, and Boston's applications; they will be complete once I get my second LOR mailed in. Thanks for your advice Josh.
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Quietus

I am in my second semester at NU right now, and I can say that the class is bigger than I expected. It is about 60 students or so, compared to previous classes of about 38 or so, so that might increase your chances of being admitted.

I am in my second semester at NU right now, and I can say that the class is bigger than I expected. It is about 60 students or so, compared to previous classes of about 38 or so, so that might increase your chances of being admitted.
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Ioannis

Quiteus, could you please provide us with some insights as regards the tax program, i.e, difficulty of the program, the workload, the interaction between professors and students etc. Thank you in advance.

Quiteus, could you please provide us with some insights as regards the tax program, i.e, difficulty of the program, the workload, the interaction between professors and students etc. Thank you in advance.
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josh129

@potentialtaxllm Not a problem. The good news is that most of your apps are complete. I have a feeling that delays in admissions decisions will occur from now until mid-April while each schools waits to hear back from their admitted students. Once admitted students select a school and withdraw their offers from the other schools more seats will open up all of the LL.M classes. In my opinion, most of these programs would not have a problem pulling up another chair or two in the class even if the school was over its enrollment quota for the year. Best of luck.
- Josh
www.taxdocket.com

@potentialtaxllm Not a problem. The good news is that most of your apps are complete. I have a feeling that delays in admissions decisions will occur from now until mid-April while each schools waits to hear back from their admitted students. Once admitted students select a school and withdraw their offers from the other schools more seats will open up all of the LL.M classes. In my opinion, most of these programs would not have a problem pulling up another chair or two in the class even if the school was over its enrollment quota for the year. Best of luck.
- Josh
www.taxdocket.com
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griffmi

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Quietus

The professors are generally helpful, and experts in the areas they teach, or very proficient and happy to talk with you after class.

The workload is intense, and so is the competition, especially in this economy and given that the class is no longer under 40 which means there is a mandatory curve for the required courses (Property Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, International Tax, Advanced International Tax, Advanced Corporate Tax and Advanced Partnership Tax). There is no published class rank, but if you get a 3.5 or higher you get honors.

Last year's LL.M. in Tax class was 42 or so. Normally it's under 40, but I am not sure what they will do for 2011 and the future.

The professors are generally helpful, and experts in the areas they teach, or very proficient and happy to talk with you after class.

The workload is intense, and so is the competition, especially in this economy and given that the class is no longer under 40 which means there is a mandatory curve for the required courses (Property Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, International Tax, Advanced International Tax, Advanced Corporate Tax and Advanced Partnership Tax). There is no published class rank, but if you get a 3.5 or higher you get honors.

Last year's LL.M. in Tax class was 42 or so. Normally it's under 40, but I am not sure what they will do for 2011 and the future.
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Quietus

To anyone who is trying to gauge their chances of being admitted, I think if you have an interest in Tax Law, then you should apply based on where you think you would be happiest, and let the admissions committee decide whether you are going to get in or not. Don't let yourself decide not to apply based on speculation.

To anyone who is trying to gauge their chances of being admitted, I think if you have an interest in Tax Law, then you should apply based on where you think you would be happiest, and let the admissions committee decide whether you are going to get in or not. Don't let yourself decide not to apply based on speculation.
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mgjd

Hi , i was wondering what my chances were for NYU tax llm, I took 1 tax class and got an A- but i wrote a tax paper in another seminar class. I am top 17 percent (3.52 GPA) of my class at a T2 school and law review.

Hi , i was wondering what my chances were for NYU tax llm, I took 1 tax class and got an A- but i wrote a tax paper in another seminar class. I am top 17 percent (3.52 GPA) of my class at a T2 school and law review.
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smm153

I just applied to NYU and GULC (tax LL.M.) and would like everyone to evaluate my chances.

Top 20 Undergrad (3.43 GPA); Econ and Political Science Major (provided only because GULC requires undergrad info).

T1 Law School (ranked ~50)
3.3 GPA, roughly top 25%, Tax Journal Executive Board, Clinical Experience.
Have taken 5 tax class (4 completed to date; 4.0 GPA)
-Fed Income Tax (A)
-Federal Tax Practice (A+)
-Tax Clinic (A+, CALI/Book Award)
-Corporate Tax (A+, CALI/Book Award)
-Partnership Tax (N/A as I am currently taking this class)

Because my focus will be on corporate tax/business tax, other related courses/grades include Corporations (A), Corporate Finance (B+), Securities (A-), Accounting (A-), Contracts (A-).

Experience: Clerk for Federal District COurt, Litigation Law Firm Associate

Bar: Sitting for Bar in PA and NJ (NJ residence for what its worth).

My applications are in, and I should hear shortly; just wondering what I can expect. Thanks for any guidance.

I just applied to NYU and GULC (tax LL.M.) and would like everyone to evaluate my chances.

Top 20 Undergrad (3.43 GPA); Econ and Political Science Major (provided only because GULC requires undergrad info).

T1 Law School (ranked ~50)
3.3 GPA, roughly top 25%, Tax Journal Executive Board, Clinical Experience.
Have taken 5 tax class (4 completed to date; 4.0 GPA)
-Fed Income Tax (A)
-Federal Tax Practice (A+)
-Tax Clinic (A+, CALI/Book Award)
-Corporate Tax (A+, CALI/Book Award)
-Partnership Tax (N/A as I am currently taking this class)

Because my focus will be on corporate tax/business tax, other related courses/grades include Corporations (A), Corporate Finance (B+), Securities (A-), Accounting (A-), Contracts (A-).

Experience: Clerk for Federal District COurt, Litigation Law Firm Associate

Bar: Sitting for Bar in PA and NJ (NJ residence for what its worth).

My applications are in, and I should hear shortly; just wondering what I can expect. Thanks for any guidance.
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jon.roy

so i've got to wonder if this site is just to stroke people's egos?

so i've got to wonder if this site is just to stroke people's egos?
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5252

No. It looks like you were the only one who bothered to respond to the original post. So I've got to wonder if you only joined this site to be a passive-aggressive smart ass.

No. It looks like you were the only one who bothered to respond to the original post. So I've got to wonder if you only joined this site to be a passive-aggressive smart ass.
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Anyone have any ideas on my chances?

Undergrad - Econ and Finance
Law School - 4th tier, top 15%, law review, ran the school's tax clinic
Worked for a large tax clinic after law school.

Want to get into UofChicago or Northwestern. Any thoughts?

I know the 4th tier school sucks but I can get recommendations from partners at large firms who I have worked with...

Anyone have any ideas on my chances?

Undergrad - Econ and Finance
Law School - 4th tier, top 15%, law review, ran the school's tax clinic
Worked for a large tax clinic after law school.

Want to get into UofChicago or Northwestern. Any thoughts?

I know the 4th tier school sucks but I can get recommendations from partners at large firms who I have worked with...
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5252

You'd have no problem getting into those. So you should just apply.

You'd have no problem getting into those. So you should just apply.
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atara, just curious where you have been admitted and what your stats are? Thanks

atara, just curious where you have been admitted and what your stats are? Thanks
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MF019

I think you should just apply. I went to a low-ranked T1 law school, and while I had good grades, I only took 1 tax class and I got into Georgetown, Northwestern, and Florida. I don't think I was a particularly stellar candidate given how few tax classes I had taken, but none of us are on the admissions committee at any of these schools (at least I'm not) so why not just apply and see who accepts you? I am finishing up my Tax LL.M. in May and just landed a great job. I couldn't be happier. If you are at all interested in applying, I encourage you to do so. Let the school tell you no if they aren't interested.

I think you should just apply. I went to a low-ranked T1 law school, and while I had good grades, I only took 1 tax class and I got into Georgetown, Northwestern, and Florida. I don't think I was a particularly stellar candidate given how few tax classes I had taken, but none of us are on the admissions committee at any of these schools (at least I'm not) so why not just apply and see who accepts you? I am finishing up my Tax LL.M. in May and just landed a great job. I couldn't be happier. If you are at all interested in applying, I encourage you to do so. Let the school tell you no if they aren't interested.
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ectax

MF019, Congratulations on finishing up the Tax LL.M. AND landing a great job. Since I've been nervous about doing the program (the financial cost is scary), I'm relieved to hear from someone who is doing the program and clearly has no regrets!!! If you don't mind, which school did you end up choosing? Also, how do you feel the job market is in general for those coming out of the Tax LL.M program?
Congratulations again!!!!

MF019, Congratulations on finishing up the Tax LL.M. AND landing a great job. Since I've been nervous about doing the program (the financial cost is scary), I'm relieved to hear from someone who is doing the program and clearly has no regrets!!! If you don't mind, which school did you end up choosing? Also, how do you feel the job market is in general for those coming out of the Tax LL.M program?
Congratulations again!!!!
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jwc5ff

Just wondering what my chances are as I just had a talk with one of my professors about the LLM in Estate Planning from Miami.

T3
Top Half of my Class

Only taken one tax class (B) but am taking at least one more next year

will be taking estate planning next year and the possibility of estate administration if it is offered.

will also be serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal at my school.

Thoughts...

Just wondering what my chances are as I just had a talk with one of my professors about the LLM in Estate Planning from Miami.

T3
Top Half of my Class

Only taken one tax class (B) but am taking at least one more next year

will be taking estate planning next year and the possibility of estate administration if it is offered.

will also be serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal at my school.

Thoughts...
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