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Masters In Taxation

Masters In Taxation
« on: September 17, 2007, 01:28:10 PM »
I know it's traditionally an Accountant's degree, but does anyone have or is pursuing a Masters in Taxation degree after getting your JD?  I couldn't get into the top 3 LLM progam in my town and I really can't move.  I am interested in feedback on how this has helped your career.  Thanks! 

Re: Masters In Taxation
« Reply #1 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.