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Personally, I went to law school to avoid numbers. Numbers aren’t really my thing, and I always assumed if I needed some help with tax issues, I would just hire an accountant to take care of me.
Then I took a basic tax law class in law school and everything changed. I decided that if I ever needed help with tax issues, I would hire a tax attorney instead.
Not to scare anyone away, but that was one of the most confusing classes I took in law school. There were so many terms I’d never heard of before, and the concepts were completely foreign to me (though that was probably due to me being a communications major more than anything else).
But it was also one of the most helpful classes I took. I learned a ton, and afterwards, I was able to do my own taxes and actually understand them. It was quite a turnaround. And that was after just one class.
Tax law is one of those things you either love or you hate. But, if you know it well, it will be useful for a long, long time. Let’s face it, taxes aren’t going away any time soon. It doesn’t matter who gets elected.
With those things in mind, here are some of the best tax law schools in the U.S.
1. New York University Law School
NYU Law School has long been one of the best tax programs in the country. It’s been around for over 70 years. On top of that, it offers more tax specific classes than any other law school out there. Their law program includes a tax policy and fellowship program, the student run “Tax Law Review,” and probably the best graduate tax law program in the country.
2. Georgetown University Law School
Georgetown School of Law has a great tax program as well. They offer a joint J.D./LLM degree for students enrolled in any accredited law school around the U.S. They also offer numerous tax classes, and the school has access to prestigious faculty and alumni.
3. University of Florida Law School
The University of Florida has the honor of offering the first Doctor of Juridical Science in Taxation in the country. They also have a competitive graduate law degree program as well.
4. Northwestern School of Law
Northwestern is next. It boasts similar things to the previous law schools. A bunch of taxation classes, really smart and well-connected faculty, and a super competitive program. If you get into Northwestern, you’ll definitely have the opportunity to get a superb education in tax law.
5. Loyola Marymount Law School
Loyola is the last school to make this list, and for good reason. They have a great program, with a dual J.D./LLM degree. If you go the route of getting this dual degree, it can be finished in three years, saving you a bunch of money. You’ll also find an open schedule during your second summer, allowing you to work at law firms, instead of hitting the books.