Tax Law

Meet the Increasing Demand for Tax Law Expertise

Tax law affects everything from the structure of a new start-up to cross-border trade to family break-ups. With clients operating in a multinational world, knowledge limited to domestic tax rules is no longer adequate and that's why Miami Law’s curriculum offers not only strong foundational courses like Federal Income Tax but also unique advanced courses like Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers. Studying in Miami, you are uniquely situated as South Florida is a leading center of international tax planning and asset management which offers a myriad of opportunities for internships and job placement. The tax program draws superb faculty from the local, national and international legal community, and these experts bring cutting-edge practice experience to the classroom.

Some Facts about Miami and Miami Law:

  • The Tax Section of the FL Bar selected Miami Law to host the 2022 Tax Moot Court Competition.
  • Miami is the #2 international banking center in the U.S.
  • 1,400+ multinational corporations are headquartered in South Florida.
  • Miami Law hosts monthly Tax Talks and brings virtual prestigious speakers like the Commissioner of the IRS.
  • Miami Law offers unique specialization options like a J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in tax and an LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment

Sarah Sindledecker Jacobson"The program provided me with the specialized knowledge to excel in private client practice and focus on international tax and estate planning. Each of my professors genuinely cared about my success...dedicated staff helped guide me to the right firm and prepared me for the interviewing process."

Sarah Sindledecker Jacobson, J.D. '08, LL.M. '11 in Tax
Attorney, Day Pitney, LLP

Courses*

  • Advanced Business Taxation
  • Advanced Corporate Tax
  • Alcohol Beverage Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Charitable Gifts and Foundations
  • Comparative Transfer Pricing
  • Consolidated Returns
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Federal Criminal Tax Practice
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Tax Procedure
  • Federal Wealth Transfer Tax
  • Financial Instruments
  • Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • Income Tax for Estate Planning
  • Income Tax of Trusts and Estates
  • Income Tax Treaties
  • International Inbound
  • International Outbound
  • International Tax
  • International Transactions: Europe
  • International Transactions: Latin America
  • Legislation
  • Limitations on Loss Utilization
  • Marital Deduction Planning
  • Partnership and Property Tax
  • Partnership Tax
  • Property Transactions
  • Real Estate Tax
  • State and Local Tax
  • Structuring Latin American Investments
  • Structuring US Investments in Latin America
  • Tax Accounting
  • Tax Planning Skills
  • Tax Procedure
  • Taxation of Athletes and Entertainers
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Taxation of Closely Held Corporations
  • Taxation of Shipping
  • Transactions Involving Consolidated Groups
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates Essentials
  • US International Tax Policy
  • US Tax System
  • White Collar Criminal Law

*Course list is not exhaustive and does not set out a path of study.

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Clinics and Practicums

Janyl Relling Smith"[In the Investor Rights Clinic] I heard horror stories from clients who suffered devastating losses due to fraud, misrepresentation, churning (executing trades to increase commission fees), twisting (pressuring a client into purchasing additional financial products), or other misconduct at the hands of brokers. I [was] anxious to gain the legal advocacy skills necessary to assist those who need representation in these types of claims."

Janyl Relling  Smith J.D./LL.M. ‘16 in Tax
Financial Advisor, Singer Wealth
Aventura, FL

 

Joint Degrees

Eli RodriguesPursuing a J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in tax at the University of Miami is undeniably the best decision I made with respect to my career. The Triple Degree Program instilled a deep technical foundation that has prepared me to advise on the most complex matters.”
Eli R. Rodrigues, J.D./M.B.A./LL.M., '17
Associate, Duane Morris LLP
Miami, FL

 

International Opportunities

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • American Constitution Society
  • Business Law Society
  • Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board - National Tax Moot Court Competition, CKP Cup and Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition
  • Democratic Law Student Association
  • Federalist Society
  • International Law Society
  • National Lawyers' Guild
  • Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society
  • Republican Law Students Association 
  • Trial Team
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) with HOPE Public Interest Resource Center 

Shayla N Waldon"My Spanish improved a lot...canvassing and doing tax preparation. [The VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program] is a great way to practice another language."

Shayla N. Waldon, J.D. '13
Employment Litigation Associate, JacksonLewis
Miami,FL

Faculty Experts

  • James Bond teaches in the area of financial accounting for lawyers
  • Bill Blatt is an expert in taxation and legislation.
  • Scott Eichhorn is the Associate Director and Practitioner-in-Residence for Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic.
  • Frances R. Hill teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax.
  • Stanley Langbein teaches federal income taxation, international tax, banking law, and commercial law.
  • Kunal Parker teaches trusts and estates.
  • Tom Robinson is an expert in taxation, estate planning, and trusts and estates.
    Rebecca Rosenberg is Director of the Tax LL.M. program and teaches in the area of current U.S. tax policy
  • Stephen K. Urice is an expert in trusts and estates.
  • Patricia White is an expert in trusts and estates and tax law.

See the leading practitioners who are adjunct faculty in the Tax LL.M. program.

Melissa Muhammad"With UM Law as my legal base, I can honestly say, my career is exceeding my expectations. I decided to do an LL.M. in tax, and through UM's international tax program, I walked into a whole new world and found my niche."

Melissa Muhammad, J.D. ‘96 and International Tax LL.M. ‘00
Chief Executive Officer, Black and Global Business Network
Washington, DC

Examples of Where Our Graduates Work

Erika Jensen"Thanks to my tax LL.M. I'm lucky, post graduation to be working as a tax associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Mergers and Acquisitions Group."

Erika Jenson, J.D./ LL.M. in Tax '17
Associate, Linklaters
Former Senior Tax Associate, M & A Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers
New York, NY

Law Firms

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Carlton Fields
  • Chamberlain Hrdlicka (Texas)
  • Day Pitney
  • Derains & Gharavi (Paris, France)
  • DiRuzzo & Company
  • Dorot & Bensimon
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Greenspoon Marder
  • Gunster
  • Hill Ward Henderson
  • Holland & Knight
  • Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li
  • Jackson Law Group
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman (Chicago)
  • K/S Attorneys at Law
  • Kozusco Harris Duncan (Washington D.C)
  • Linklaters
  • Morgan, Lewis
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
  • Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg
  • Richard & Partners
  • Salcedo Attorneys at Law
  • Scharlack Legal (Sau Paulo, Brazil)
  • Shutts & Bowen
  • Tosolini, Lamura, Rasile & Toniutti
  • Zwicker & Associates, P.C. (Boston)

Government

  • Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), Internal Revenue Service
  • Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

Accounting & Consulting Firms

  • Alvarez & Marsal
  • Andersen Global
  • BDO
  • Berkowitz Pollack Brant
  • Crowe
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • Marcum
  • Mendez Molieri & Co
  • PwC

Financial Services

  • Ambridge Partners, LLC (New York)
  • Amerant
  • Banco Itau
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • WE Family Offices
  • Zedra

Corporate / Business & Industry

  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Corporation, Occidental Petroleum
  • Dockside Realty Company
  • Gulfstream (North Carolina)
  • NextEra Energy
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Global
  • Compliance & Ethics
  • Ryder System, Inc. (Texas)

Conferences, Lectures, Centers

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