« on: January 28, 2008, 10:13:42 PM »
I went to Brooklyn Law and did well and graduated from NYU with an LL.M in tax. It took me four years at night and I only got one A (advanced corporate tax problems)during the entire program.
I barely made it through the program at the end as I found it to be that draining. I had class two nights a week, worked 50 hours and then spent weekends studying.
I think I was right about the middle of the class. The students are bright overachievers. A buddy of mine who graduated ahead of me at Brooklyn had to get a C+ in his last class to graduate. Today, he doing great and is a top flight tax lawyer.
The NYU degree is invaluable for someone like me. As good as Brooklyn may be, the value of the NYU pedigree in my instance is almost incalculable. I added a CPA certificate to the mix and I have managed to do really well by middle class standards($5 million in past 6 years; $300k average the prior 5 years). To be completely honest, I do believe that if I didn't have the LL.M., I would not made 1/3rd of what I've made.
If I had gone to NYU or the like for a JD and done well, I think the differnce would have been small to nil.
Hope that helps.