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Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:18:30 AM »
UF, and probably most all schools will list a J.D. as a basic requirement to their LLM program.
Most schools will also make exceptions to those basic requirements under acceptable circumstances.
Getting an LLM without a JD is a feasible idea, if you're a tax manager with 15 years experience looking to get promoted to Director.
It's pretty common knowledge in a Big Four practice office what an LLM is, and nobody wants/needs a JD.
The OP was just graduating with their MACC so getting an LLM without a JD is probably a terrible idea since they're decades away from the position that would need it.
A masters in tax would be a much better option since it will correlate directly with what their job will entail.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:47:49 AM »
You would not be able to practice law in tax court without a J.D.
Your friends would need to contact the admissions department of whatever schools they are considering to find out what exemptions are available for accountants.
Since we're in Florida everyone in the office here seems to have gone to UF, but I'm sure just about any school would take someone who had a legitimate reason for not wanting a J.D. while still needing the llm

Pursuing an LLM / Re: LLM in tax without a JD
« on: November 04, 2013, 06:31:02 AM »
Sorry for bringing up such an old thread, but it seems like your question was never answered.
There are several schools that will allow accountants to pursue their LLM without a JD.
While it is true that getting your LLM will not allow you to practice  law, as an accountant you're probably not interested in taking the bar or practicing law anyway.
An LLM is a great addition to your CPA and many Director/Manager positions at large CPA firms require an LLM in tax as a minimum to get the job.
Your best bet is to contact the admissions department of the schools you are considering to see what the possibility of enrollment for someone in your position is.
Many schools will likely take an accountant who just needs to increase their knowledge of tax law even though they may have a JD listed as a requirement for their program.
In our office here at PWC I personally know 5 directors and several lower managers who all have their LLM and not a single one of them has a JD.
Best of luck.

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