The Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program is designed for qualified New York Law School J.D. students who would like to pursue a post-J.D. LL.M. (Master’s) degree in Taxation Law on an accelerated basis.
Students in the Accelerated Program complete the J.D. degree in the typical timeframe, but include an additional 6 credits in their J.D. program of study. Most students will need to enroll in one summer term during the J.D. years to complete the additional credits on time. Following receipt of the J.D. degree, students typically take a summer for the bar exam and then return to NYLS to complete the LL.M. on either a full time or part time basis. Students in the Accelerated Program receive a scholarship equal to 50% of tuition for the LL.M. portion of the degree.
Interested students may apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M.program as part of their application to the law school and at any point up until the Accelerated Program Application Deadline (March 1 of the second year for day students and November 1 of the third year for evening students).
A student in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. in Taxation Program will complete all required courses for the J.D. degree and graduate before they enroll in the LL.M program. However, students will take certain required upper level courses as part of their J.D. curriculum. Students will be required to meet curricular benchmarks toward their accelerated LL.M. degree during the J.D. years. For the specific requirements for each program, see Program Requirements and Benchmarks.
Students in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program will work closely with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Tax LL.M. Program Director to schedule their courses. Once accepted into an Accelerated Program, the student will be contacted by the Program Director for assistance in planning his or her course schedule to meet all program benchmarks. Starting in the summer of the second year for Day students (third year for Evening students), all course selections will need to be approved by the Tax LL.M. Program Director.
By applying advanced standing credit from the J.D. program toward their LL.M. degree, students reduce the total required credits for both degrees. Students in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program must complete a total of 104 credits for the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. degree in Taxation rather than the 110 credits required if degrees are pursued separately. In order to accelerate, a J.D. student will need to complete a total of 92 credits by the end of the third year for Day students and fourth year for Evening students. Most students will need to enroll in at least one summer term during the J.D. years to complete these additional credits on time.
The Accelerated J.D./LL.M. is available to qualified students who will receive their J.D. from New York Law School. Students who earn their J.D. degree from another law school and take tax courses at NYLS may be eligible to participate in the Advanced Studies Program.
- GPA. Students will be required to have a GPA of at least 3.0 in order to be accepted into and remain in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program.
- Program benchmarks. The Graduate Tax program will require that certain specific courses be taken by set semesters in order to be accepted into and/or remain in the accelerated J.D./LL.M. program. The courses and intended schedules may be found at Program Requirements and Benchmarks.
Admission to Accelerated J.D./LL.M.
Students will be able to apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program as part of their application to the law school and at any point up until the Accelerated Program Application Deadline.
Prospective J.D. Students
Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program prior to starting the J.D. program should check the “Accelerated J.D./LL.M.” box on the J.D. application form.
Students admitted to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. degree program prior to starting the J.D. will be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. program in that they must have a GPA of at least 3.0 as of the Application Deadline and meet all program benchmarks in order to continue on to the LL.M. phase of the program.
Current J.D. Students
Students who wish to apply for the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. in Taxation program after beginning the J.D. program at NYLS may do so at any time until the Deadline of March 1 of the second year for day students and November 1 of the third year for evening students. Acceptance at this point will require that the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and has met all pre-existing program benchmarks.
Admission to an Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program will be open up until the Application Deadline. Students will be notified promptly of their admission decision. We encourage any interested student to apply early and to be in contact with Professor Ann F. Thomas, Program Director, about course scheduling.
In order to apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program, current J.D. students must submit the LL.M. in Taxation application.
Tuition and Financial Aid for LL.M. Degree
LL.M. students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and/or private loans. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid Resources page. Applicants to the LL.M in Taxation program will be considered for scholarship on a case by case basis.