Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When can I start my LL.M., M.T., or Certificate Program?
A: A LL.M. student may start his or her program at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters. M.T. or Certificate students may start the program at the beginning of either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.
Q: How do I know whether to apply to the LL.M. or to the M.T. Program?
A: Students who are currently seeking or who have earned a J.D. degree should apply for the LL.M. Program. Accountants and all other qualifying business professions should apply for the M.T. Program.
Q: Can I fax documents to a secure fax machine at the Graduate Tax Program?
A: Yes, a student can fax documents to a secure fax machine located in the Graduate Tax Program Office. The number for this fax machine is 610-519-8018.
Q: Now that I have legally changed my name, how do I update my Villanova Graduate Tax file to reflect this?
A: A student must provide a copy of a government issued form of picture identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, ect.) that reflects the name change to the Graduate Tax Program.
Q: Can I forward my Villanova Law e-mail to my personal e-mail account?
A: Yes, directions to accomplish this can be found here. (Internal Link to Computer Services Directions)
LL.M. Questions/ M.T. Questions
Q: As a LL.M. or M.T. candidate, can I earn a Certificate from the Graduate Tax Program while earning my degree?
A: A LL.M. or M.T. candidate can qualify to earn a Certificate from the Graduate Tax Program. However, some additional coursework may be required in order to do so depending on the Certificate.
Q: How long do I have to complete my LL.M. or M.T. degree?
A: Requirements for the LL.M. or M.T. degree must be completed within five years of the semester in which the student enrolled.
Q: What type of Certificates does the Graduate Tax Program offer?
A: The Graduate Tax Program offers Certificates in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy.
Q: Can I switch from a Certificate candidate to an LL.M. or M.T. candidate?
A: Generally, since the admission requirements are very similar, a student can switch from a Certificate Program into the LL.M. or M.T. Program
Q: Do I have to have or be working towards a J.D. degree in order to qualify for the Tax Controversy Certificate?
A: Since this Certificate focuses on the need for litigation training for tax lawyers and the need for increased appreciation for the importance of pro bono representation in the legal profession, only students who have earned or are in the process of earning their J.D. degrees can qualify for the Tax Controversy Certificate.
Q: What is the shortest about of time that I can complete a Certificate Program?
A: Given an appropriate sequence of courses, a certificate student can finish the program in one three-semester year.
Q: How long do I have to complete a Certificate Program?
A: In order to accommodate work schedules and other time commitments, a certificate student has three years within which to complete the program requirements.
Q: What will I be awarded with upon completion of a Certificate Program?
A: The certificate awarded is a certificate of achievement that signals the successful completion of the limited course of study. Note that the certificate is not a formal degree.
CPE Questions/CLE Questions
Q: Can I use courses I take in the Graduate Tax Program to meet my Continuing Professional Education requirements?
A: Under current Pennsylvania guidelines, each two-credit course offered by the Graduate Tax Program counts for 30 hours of CPA credit in either the “Taxation” or the “Other” categories depending on the course.
Q: Can I use courses I take in the Graduate Tax Program to meet my Continuing Legal Education requirements?
A: Under current Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board guidelines, each two-credit course offered by the Graduate Tax Program counts for two hours of substantive law, practice procedure CLE credit. The student must check to see if other states will accept courses from the Graduate Tax Program for CLE credit.
Joint J.D./LL.M. Program Questions
Q: What requirements must I meet in order to be accepted into the joint J.D./LL.M.?
A: A student must have a cumulative J.D. G.P.A. of at least 2.67. Additionally, the student must have earned at least a “B” in Introduction to Federal Taxation.
Q: What is the shortest about of time that I can complete the joint J.D./LL.M. Program?
A: A joint J.D./LL.M student can complete his or her LL.M. degree in as little as one extra semester beyond his or her normal J.D. studies.
Q: How many upper level J.D. tax courses can I also apply towards my LL.M.?
A: A student may apply up to two upper level J.D. tax courses towards his or her LL.M. degree requirements.
Q: Can I take more than two upper level J.D. tax courses while pursing my J.D.?
A: Yes, a student may take as many upper level J.D. tax courses as he or she wishes. However, only two of them will also count towards his or her LL.M.
Q: While pursing my J.D., how many Graduate Tax courses can I apply to both my J.D. and my LL.M.?
A: A student may apply up to four Graduate Tax courses to both her J.D. and her LL.M. degree requirements.
Q: While pursing my J.D., what is the maximum number of courses that I can apply towards both my J.D. and LL.M.?
A: A student may apply up to six courses taken during the time spent pursing his or her J.D. The six courses consist of two upper level J.D. tax courses and four Graduate Tax courses.
Q: What upper level J.D. courses qualify as upper level J.D. tax course that can be applied towards my LL.M.?
A: A student may apply up to two of the following courses to his or her LL.M. degree requirements: Employee Benefits, Family Wealth Planning, International Taxation, IRS Externship, Tax Clinic, Taxation of Business Entities, and Wealth Tax.
Q: Can I take LL.M. courses in the Graduate Tax summer semester in between my 2L and 3L years?
A: Yes, a J.D./LL.M. student can take LL.M. summer courses while still pursuing his or her J.D. However, these summer courses still count towards the four LL.M. courses that the student is allowed to apply towards his or her LL.M. while pursing his or her J.D.
Q: Does my regular J.D. tuition cover LL.M. courses that I take as a part of the joint J.D. LL.M. program?
A: Yes, the tuition for any LL.M. courses taken while participating in the joint J.D./LL.M. program is covered by the regular J.D. tuition. Note that this includes courses that are taken in the summer between the 2L and 3L years but does not include courses taken during summer following graduation from the J.D. program.
Q: If I am a joint J.D./LL.M. candidate, when can I start taking the additional 6 courses required beyond those I am allowed to take during my J.D. studies?
A: A student enrolled in School of Law as a J.D./LL.M. candidate becomes a student in the Graduate Tax Program as soon he or she is awarded his or her J.D. Therefore, the student can begin to take additional Graduate Tax courses in the summer following his or her 3L year.