Graduate Tax Program
The Villanova University interdisciplinary Graduate Tax Program is an evening program conducted jointly by the School of Law and the Villanova School of Business. Nationally known full-time faculty from the Law School and Business School, complemented by adjunct faculty who are some of the region’s top private and public sector practitioners, teach over 50 courses over fall, spring and summer semesters. Students are drawn from both the legal and accounting professions and interact, in and out of the classroom, in an educational dimension that broadens and sharpens their understanding of both federal tax law and procedure, and of the interests and aims of the opposite discipline.
The Program is designed and presented with the expectation that its graduates will emerge with significantly enhanced practical skills for issue identification and problem solving in the tax area, together with a heightened sensitivity to their professional role in the tax system and the role of that system in individual, commercial and financial affairs. The Program stresses professional responsibility in tax practice and encourages the development of research and communication skills through the use of the digital research and communication facilities of the law school.
In addition to a broad based curriculum that offers significant depth in course coverage, certificate programs in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy provide qualified professionals with an intense course of study in these three specialty areas.
Additional information can be found in the Graduate Tax Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. For further questions about the Program e-mail Linda Vines, call 610-519-7043, or call toll-free 1-888-GRAD-TAX.
Graduate Tax Program Excels
ABA Names J.D.-LL.M. Grad as Public Service Fellow
The American Bar Association Section of Taxation has named Sean Norton J.D. ’09, LL.M. ’10 a Public Service Fellow for 2011-2013. Norton, currently a lawyer in private practice in Jenkintown, Pa, has committed to two years of tax-related public service. He will be working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance to expand federal tax assistance in Maine and to implement an outreach program to increase the organization’s panel of volunteer tax lawyers and allow the organization to offer services to the mentally ill. As a student, Norton worked in Villanova Law’s federal tax clinic representing low-income taxpayers. The Public Service Fellowships were developed in 2008 to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among participating individuals. The Fellowships provide funding for the Fellows’ salaries and benefits, as well as law school debt repayment assistance, by means of charitable contributions to the sponsoring organizations. Norton is Villanova’s second ABA Public Service Fellow; Douglas Smith J.D.’02 is currently serving as a 2010-2012 Public Interest Fellow.