I just started my summer job at a firm, and I am very interested in doing tax. I was told today that my firm, and most firms, really only hire new associates with LLMs (or parallel experience, such as work for the IRS). This puts me in a bit of a pickle, as clearly the intimation is that in order to get into the practice area I prefer, I need to get an LLM.
It's not as if I haven't considered an LLM in Tax before: I just thought it might be a down the line thing, something to pursue after I pay down my law school loans a bit.
At any rate I just finished my second year at a top 30 school (used to be a top 25, thanks 2009 US News rankings). I'm in the middle of my class, though I have an A- average in the two tax courses I've taken. I also do VITA.
Does anyone have a feeling for how my application would fair at the top 10 LLM programs? It was also intimated by the person I spoke to that I should try to get into the best program I can, but I don't know if I have a shot at NYU, Florida, G-Town, etc.
I would also be curious to know people's thoughts on the necessity of an LLM.