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Pursuing an LLM / Re: Miami - Real Estate LLM
« on: September 17, 2007, 04:56:03 PM »
For the Florida programs, you really should check out Gainseville (Levin) - not Miami.  Check the US News.  FL Levin is #2 (Tax) for the past couple of years.  They bumped GT. (I'd probably still go to GT because they've got the peer-reputation notwithstanding the US News.)  Also, you may want to consider Levin's Estate Planning emphasis program.  If Tax is too technical, an LLM in Estate Planning may be a better fit for you.  I agree with the tone of the other posts though, an RE LLM probably isn't going ot fatten your paycheck much - if any.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Masters In Taxation
« on: September 17, 2007, 04:31:55 PM »
I think that going for an MST after completing a JD would cause a potential employer to ask "WHY?"  An MST is basically considered an LLM in Tax for non-attorney CPA's.  So, if you are an attorney the first question an interviewer will ask is "why didn't you get an LLM?"  You could explain it away in an interview (say it was an economic decision - MST was 1/2 the price of an LLM), but I still think it looks odd.  If it's a problem of admissions and can't get into the LLM program you want, then I'd get an entry level job at a tax law firm, work for a year, then get the firm to pay for your MST.  That way you are not out of pocket for a degree that potentially won't get you a good "first job" anyway.

Pursuing an LLM / Re: Any LL.M. programs accept non-ABA grads?
« on: September 17, 2007, 04:10:16 PM »
The original post is over a year old, but I have to add:

1) A lot of LLM programs say that you need EITHER an ABA degree (or forgeign equivalent) OR are a practicing attorney - meaning you demonstrated that you can pass a bar exam even if you didn't go to an ABA school.  So, don't count yourself out until you read each programs application requirements.

2) The statement about "LLM programs are not approved by the ABA anyway" is not accurate.  ABA approved schools must still seek and receive ABA "acquiesence" of their LLM programs.  This is usually a rubber stamp procedure, but not always.

3) The St. Thomas program is now "housed" (if you can say an on-line program is housed anywhere) at Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego.  It's still just an on-line program though.  If you want 3 more initials after your name, it's an okay program, however, do not expect it to add 3 more zeros to your paycheck in the USA.

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