Levin College of Law

LL.M. in International Taxation

The LL.M. in International Taxation is a one-year course of study that features an outstanding tax faculty of renowned teachers and scholars, and shares the tradition of excellence that marks the Graduate Tax Program at UF Law.

A Message from the Director

Welcome to the international tax program at University of Florida Levin College of Law! The international tax program builds upon the law school’s renowned graduate tax program, historically ranked as one of the best in the country. It is unique among graduate tax programs in offering courses taught primarily by full-time dedicated faculty. The small class sizes allow for an enriching academic experience for each student. Visiting faculty and lecturers share their practice experience and government knowledge to further enrich the experience.

There is no better time to be studying international tax law. The international tax world is going through major transitions, and studying the topic in this environment will present you with the skills to be on the cutting edge of practice. At the same time, the robust debate currently taking place in the U.S. on reform of the U.S. tax system means that your studies will be of highest relevance to current political and economic events taking place on a global scale. To be studying tax law in the U.S. while the country is engaging in a debate over tax reform is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I am tremendously excited about what the new academic year will bring for the law school’s tax program, and the international tax program in particular. We have hired additional faculty and are introducing new courses to enhance the already rich offerings of the law school’s tax programs. I have no doubt that you will find the year to be a rewarding one, in which you will have invaluable opportunities to expand your academic knowledge and develop rewarding contacts and friendships that will be useful over the course of your career.

Mindy Herzfeld.
Director of the LL.M. In International Tax Program
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Welcome to the LL.M. Program In International Taxation

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Graduate Tax Program is widely recognized by tax scholars and practitioners nationwide as one of the nation’s leading programs for the advanced study of tax law. Its one-year course of study in international taxation leads to the degree of Masters of Laws. The program is designed for full-time degree candidates, with classes held during the day. Our program also offers the nation’s only Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in Taxation degree.


Admissions

The LL.M. in International Taxation is designed primarily for international students. Graduates of law schools outside the U.S. will be considered for admission on the basis of outstanding credentials, including the applicant’s potential for distinguished performance in the program, academic record, professional experience and geographical factors.

Admission to the LL.M. in International Taxation degree program will be for the fall semester. Class sizes are typically small to ensure a robust academic experience for all students.

Application Requirements

  • Transcript (Original Language & English Translation)
  • Degree (Original Language & English Translation)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or C.V.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language Test Score (min. IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 80)

For details on the application and admissions process, visit the LL.M. and S.J.D. Admissions page.


International Tax Faculty

The International tax LL.M program is led by renowned scholars in the field. The program is enriched by the full faculty of the graduate tax program and the other resources available the University of Florida.

Mindy Herzfeld

Director of the International Tax Program

Yariv Brauner

Faculty Advisor

Visiting Faculty

Georg Kofler

Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria)
Spring, 2018

Alessandro Turina

Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)

Professor Antonio Vázquez del Rey Villanueva

Universidad de Navarra (Spain)

Adjunct Faculty

David Bowen

Principal, Transfer Pricing Practice Leader, Grant Thornton (Washington, D.C.)

Brian Phillips

Attorney, A. Brian Phillips, P.A.(Orlando)

Sam Ullman

Consulting Counsel, Bilzin Sumberg(Miami)


Curriculum

The LL.M. in International Taxation is designed as a challenging and rewarding one-year course of study for full-time students that will help prepare them for careers in tax law. The degree requires the satisfactory completion of 26 semester credit hours in taxation or other approved courses, with at least 13 of these credit hours in international tax courses, and with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Most tax courses are 2-credit or 3-credit courses.

The curriculum for the LL.M. in International Taxation provides extensive and in-depth study of major problems and issues in international taxation and includes courses and coverage in:

  • Tax Treaties
  • International Tax Policy
  • European Taxation
  • International Tax Planning
  • Comparative Taxation
  • International Tax Seminars
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Partnership Taxation

For a complete list of courses offered, visit the courses section of the LL.M. in Taxation page.

Note: Course offerings vary from year to year. Contact the Graduate Tax Office for information on current courses.


Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Tuition for the Graduate Tax Program for the 2016-2017 academic year is $815.81 per credit for Florida residents and $1,461.30 per credit for non-residents. There is also a $200 events fee.

Although expenses can vary considerably, the College of Law estimates that students can anticipate the following additional expenses for Fall/Spring.

Books/Supplies $1,850
Clothing/Maintenance $970
Computer / Cell Phone $1,250
Food $4,470
Personal $310
Room $8,390
Transportation $1,100

Cost of Living

While U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Florida among the Top 50 best law schools in the country, it rises to the Top five for affordability based on in-state tuition and fees plus cost of living, according to American Bar Association data. UF Law’s tuition and fees are close to half the cost of many of its competitors in the northeast and competitive with other law schools across the south.

Financial Aid

Admitted students are considered for all available financial aid, including scholarships and research assistantship appointments that may significantly reduce the cost of attending.

  • Latin American Students
    Generous scholarships are available for Latin American and Caribbean students.The College of Law has a scholarship fund available for Latin American and Caribbean students that enables them to qualify for in-state tuition. Tuition Cost with LAC Scholarship is $20,211.06 vs. Out of State Tuition- $37,993.80. For more information on this scholarship, view the LAC Scholarship page.
  • Fulbright Fellowship Program
    The Fulbright Fellowship Program, involves the participation of a large set of collaborating partners in supporting Fulbright fellows at the University of Florida. For general questions about the Fulbright fellowship program and the logistics of admitting a Fulbright fellow, please contact Matt Mitterko, Associate Director, Graduate International Outreach (352) 392-0098; mmitterko@aa.ufl.edu. Also see, http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/personnel-and-policy/fulbright-nonlac-waiver, for additional information.
  • Linkage Institute Programs
    The state of Florida has established linkage institute programs for several countries and regions. A limited number of well-qualified students who are citizens of “linkage” countries are permitted to pay resident rather than non-resident tuition for a specified number of credit hours. Linkage programs currently exist for the following countries and regions: Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico and West Africa.

For more information information and applications, please contact the financial aid coordinator at the Levin College of Law, Ms. Victoria Houghton, at torilovejoy@ufl.edu. Short-term loans in limited amounts may be made available through the Graduate Tax Program.

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