Message from the Director
||Leslie M. Book|
Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Tax Program
Drawing on the talent and experience of some of the nation’s top practitioners, government attorneys and full-time faculty from both the Villanova University School of Law and the Villanova School of Business, the Villanova Graduate Tax Program offers our students access to both depth and breadth in the field of taxation. With our core curriculum, our nationally recognized strength in corporate, partnership and international tax and over 30 elective classes, our fall, spring and summer semesters and evening classes provide flexibility and ample opportunities for both full-time and part-time students. Whether you wish to get a general exposure to tax practice or to specialize in discrete practice areas like estate planning, employee benefits or tax litigation, the Graduate Tax Program can help you achieve your career goals.
This is an exciting time for the Graduate Tax Program. Here is just a sampling of what makes this a particularly opportune time to join our program: we are moving in to a world-class new facility in the fall of 2009 located in the beautiful Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia adjacent to public transportation; as of 2008, we are partnering with the Law School’s esteemed Federal Tax Clinic to provide additional opportunities for Graduate Tax students to gain practical client experience, including offering a one-week intensive training drawing on an innovative simulated trial experience backstopped by video critiques of student performance; and we are evolving our estate planning certificate program to include a 2-semester planning component that will integrate practical tips for advising high net worth individuals in a dynamic client-centered environment.
A successful graduate program must have caring and talented teachers and administrators. Students in our program have access to our full-time and adjunct faculty, who are not only are leaders in their fields, but are deeply engaged and accessible teachers. We have recently hired an assistant director who is an experienced tax lawyer who is available to counsel students in areas from course registration to career development. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you further about how the Villanova Graduate Tax Program could be the right fit for your educational needs and career development.