FAQs: Loyola Law School

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Choosing an online degree inevitably comes with questions. At Loyola Law School we want you to have all the information you need to make the best decision for your career.

Browse our list of frequently asked questions for additional information about our Master of Laws (Tax LLM) and Master of Tax Law (MT) programs. Request more information or call 833.358.1724 to speak with an admissions counselor if you have a question we haven’t covered.


Yes. Although some of the required readings may be available online, you may have to purchase textbooks or other study materials.

We accept transfer credits for our online Graduate Tax Program on case-by-case basis.

Loyola Law offers you a variety of career services after you graduate:

  • Faculty Committed to Your Success: Your professors provide support from Day One to graduation and beyond, whether you need advice on a career switch or an introduction to a potential employer. “The care we give our students doesn’t end at graduation,” says Loyola Law’s Graduate Tax Program director Jennifer M. Kowal. “It’s a lifetime commitment.”
  • A Global Alumni Network: As a Loyola Law graduate, you’ll join one of the largest, most powerful and diverse alumni networks in the U.S., centered in the financial, entertainment and legal hub of Los Angeles. Build lifelong partnerships and find opportunities across the nation and throughout the world.
  • Job Search Support: Our online Symplicity network gives you access to exclusive job postings, employer profiles, career surveys and more. Loyola Law provides everything you need for career support and information.
  • Personalized Career Counseling: Receive custom-tailored career advice, from help refining your résumé to finding new opportunities.

You’ll also have access to all on-campus events, including career fairs, networking nights and more.

Learn more about the application process or apply right now by submitting an online application.

You should plan on six to seven hours per unit per week. For example, a two-unit course, such as Corporate Taxation I, will require 12 to 14 hours a week.

Yes. We take pride in being a member of the Yellow Ribbon program and offer additional benefits to our active and former military members. Speak with an admissions counselor at 833.358.1724 or request more information if you have questions about military benefits.

We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the American Bar Association.

International applicants need to meet the same admissions requirements as domestic students and have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 105 or higher.

With a reliable internet connection, online study lets you untether from your desk and the classroom and study where and when you’re most comfortable.

No matter how you choose to study, you’ll still gain a valuable education and build connections with your peers. Learn more about the online student experience at Loyola Law.

Our online courses are more than a series of lecture recordings. We custom-build each course and program for maximum effectiveness, so you stay focused throughout your education.

Through the latest learning management systems, engaging online discussions and lectures that give you direct access to your professors, you can complete assignments from anywhere at any time.

Master of Laws (Tax LLM)

This program offers two areas of emphasis, Business Tax Planning or High Net Worth/Private Client, to help you tailor your learning to your interests and career goals.

Although you do not need a background in tax, this program requires that you have earned a law degree from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association. See the admissions requirements for more details.

The online Tax LLM program takes an average of two years to complete.

At the average pace of two years, you’ll take two courses each semester for six semesters.

This 24-unit program costs $1,970 per credit, for an estimated total cost of $47,280. For details on fees and funding options, visit our tuition and financial aid page.

This online Master of Laws (Tax LLM) program is available online and on-ground. You can see all of Loyola Law School’s online and on-ground program offerings.

The Tax LLM program does not prepare you to take the bar exam. However, Loyola Law’s campus-based Bar Track LLM program is designed for international students interested in completing an LLM degree as a way to become eligible to sit for the Bar exam in California and/or New York.

To apply for the online Tax LLM, you’ll need the following:

  • Completed application
  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement

Learn more about admissions requirements.

According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for associate tax attorneys is $247,877, while the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for all lawyers will grow at a steady 8 percent through 2026.

Learn more about the career potential for graduates of the online Tax LLM.

In terms of coursework and skills gained, these programs are essentially the same. The difference lies in the student’s academic background and career opportunities post-graduation:

  • If a student holds a law degree, they can pursue a Tax LLM and graduate ready to work in tax-related legal settings.
  • If a student does not have a law degree, they can learn the same skills and graduate ready to work in accounting firms and other tax-related positions outside of the legal field.

The following core courses are required, in addition to five electives of your choice.

  • Corporate Taxation 1
  • Corporate Taxation 2
  • Partnership Taxation 1
  • Partnership Taxation 2
  • Income Tax Timing Issues
  • Income Taxation of Property Transactions
  • Tax Practice and Procedure

Learn more about the Tax LLM curriculum.

Our online Tax LLM program is ranked the No. 3 Online Graduate Tax Law Program in the Nation, based on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings.

When you join us, you also join one of the nation’s most prestigious tax law communities and most diverse law schools, with a high percentage of students of color, women, veterans, first-generation graduate school students and more. This vibrant community gives you a broader perspective on business and financial problems and makes you a better tax practitioner.

In addition, we keep our classes small, so you can develop relationships with our acclaimed faculty, highly regarded adjunct professors and accomplished guest lecturers. Graduate practice-ready, with this network of exceptional peers and professors who can help you accelerate your career.

No, a diploma does not indicate the modality or format of a degree. The online Master of Laws (Tax LLM) utilizes the exact same curriculum as the on-ground Master of Laws (Tax LLM) so you can be assured that you are receiving the same rigor and instruction but in a convenient, online modality.

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