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"The faculty are highly impressive and come from a variety of disciplines to ensure students are exposed to a breadth of perspectives on tax law."

—Reuven Avi-Yonah, Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law and Director of the International Tax LLM Program

International Tax LLM Program

The International Tax LLM Program is designed for a select group of professionals and academics in tax law who wish to complement their legal knowledge and experience with in-depth studies of U.S. and international tax law and policy.

The program is directed by Professor Professor Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and offers a full range of key courses essential to the complex world of tax issues, including basic tax, corporate tax, partnership tax, and international tax. Students complete a set of required courses (16 credits) as well as a number of electives and a supervised research paper for a total of 24 credits to earn the degree. In addition, they attend the Tax Policy Workshop series in which distinguished tax academics from other law schools present works in progress on cutting-edge tax topics. These workshops are preceded by seminars led by Professor Avi-Yonah, which enable students to subsequently submit and discuss questions at the workshops. In fall 2018, the speakers came from Stanford, the University of Chicago, UCLA, NYU, Fordham, Michigan, and Yale.

The main difference between Michigan's program and similar programs at other law schools is its size: our selective program is tailored to a small group of four to ten outstanding students. Students receive more individual attention than in larger programs, allowing for close contact with faculty, as well as for opportunities to interact with fellow students of different primary interests.

Since the first Tax LLMs graduated from Michigan Law in 2004, 11% of the program’s 90 alumni have gone on to teach tax laws at law schools in the U.S. and abroad, 33% have become tax professionals in the U.S. and another 40% are tax law practitioners in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, 11% of our alumni work for their governments, and 3% are currently enrolled in SJD programs in the US.

For more information on the International Tax LLM Program, contact Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah, Director, at aviyonah@umich.edu. For more information on the application process, kindly contact us at law.grad.admissions@umich.edu.


Alumni Careers

  • Academics: University of California, Irvine; Rutgers University, New Jersey; The University of Akron, Ohio.; UIBE and Renmin University, China; Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil; Bicocca University, Italy; IE Madrid, Spain; University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Deakin University, Australia; and the College of Management, Israel.
  • Top level management respectively partners in the U.S. and abroad: at Morgan Stanley, EY, AIG, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, Hogan & Hartson, Akin Gump, Pearl Cohen, Paul Weiss, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Nishimura & Asahi, Fenwick & West; Bichara Advogados in Brazil; Macchi di Cellere in Italy; Herzog Fox Neeman in Israel; VILAF in Vietnam; and as associates and mid- and senior-level managers at many other firms and law practices around the globe.
  • Government officials: at the Montana Revenue Service, the National Tax Agencies of Japan, China and Mexico, the Ministries of Finance of Indonesia and Taiwan, the Indian Revenue Service, and the Israel Securities Authority.

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