Anybody out there doing a tax LLM? If so would you answer a couple questions for a JD candidate considering a tax LLM:1. Did you work for a while after getting your JD and then go back to school -- or did you go straight-away from law school?2. Which school are you going to? 3. What do you hope to be able to accomplish, professionally, that you would not have been able to w/o a tax LLM?4. How intense is your program, i.e. can you work part-time?5. Insert -- any other question that I should be asking but haven'tThanks a lot
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.
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