LLM in Taxation Admissions
Thank you for your interest in USF's new LLM in Taxation program.
The LLM in Taxation application is now available online through the Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org. The application is also available for download.
Located at the university's downtown campus in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation program is offered to both full-and part-time students. Special financial aid packages are available for the inaugural class (enrolling fall 2014). Up to 12 JD transfer credits from an ABA-accredited law school may be accepted with approval from the academic director.
Find more information on the program's curriculum and expert full-time faculty here.
Below you'll find step-by-step instructions for applying to this new program. Please read the following information carefully to ensure prompt and accurate
processing of your application. If you have any
questions regarding the information below, please contact the Law School Office
of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415)
note that the Law School will continue to accept applications after our
priority application deadline, space permitting. However, early application filing is
encouraged in order to receive an application decision in a timely manner.
The Admissions Committee reviews
files in the order they are
completed, on a rolling basis. Therefore, it is to the applicant's
advantage to submit the complete
application with supporting materials as early as
possible. Applicants will be reviewed once all required
documents and the application fee have been
Applicants will be evaluated on academic and personal criteria. Academic information to be
submitted with the application
includes law school transcripts and
other university records.
Personal information includes extracurricular activities, employment experience, and other biographical
information. Recommendations from professors or employers and a personal statement from the applicant are also required. All documents
that are not in English, including transcripts and
letters of recommendation, must be
accompanied by an English translation.
USF School of Law Office of Admissions
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Requirements for Admission
A. Application Form
Beginning January 6, 2014, you may
download the application.
All mailed application materials should be sent to the following address:
University of San Francisco
School of Law
Office of Admissions
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
Beginning Jan. 9, 2014, you may complete the application form online and
submit it electronically through the Law
School Admission Council (LSAC) at: www.lsac.org. If applying electronically, please do not need to submit a hard copy of your application to the
be sure to sign and date your application.
If applying electronically, please use the electronic certification
function. Unsigned applications will not be transmitted to USF.
required sections of the application must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
B. Application Fee
The application fee for all Fall 2014 applicants will be waived.
C. Personal Statement
Admissions Committee requires that each applicant submit a personal statement
to supplement the application form. The statement should focus on your reasons for applying
to the USF LL.M. in Taxation
program, and your preparation for the LL.M in Taxation program. The
Committee is interested in your personal experiences, background, and
factors that are helpful to the Committee include co-curricular activities,
areas of interest, past or present employment, and college or J.D. honors. If applying electronically via LSAC,
your personal statement may
be submitted as an electronic attachment. Personal statements
tend to average 2 to 4 pages in length; however, there is no page limitation to
the personal statement. A resume is not required but recommended. It
should not be used in lieu of questions asked on the application.
applicants are required to complete or have completed a Juris Doctorate (JD)
degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school by the time
classes begin in August. International
students are eligible to apply only if they have completed a law degree
(equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree) from their home country or will
have completed the degree by the time classes begin in August.
Original transcripts from all colleges and
universities you have attended are required. The transcripts should show your grades, approximate class rank (if applicable), and
any degree received. If the degree
received is not printed on the
transcript, you must provide
a copy of the diploma or certificate.
Students: If transcript
and/diplomas are not in
English, they must be accompanied by an English translation. The transcripts must be
sent directly to the USF School of Law
Office of Admissions in sealed
envelopes by your university.
Applicants can also submit their transcripts through
the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS). This service is included in the LLM
CAS subscription fee. For
transcripts received from institutions outside of the U.S. an International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LLM CAS report.
To use the
LLM CAS, log in to your online account at: www.LSAC.org and follow the instructions for registering for the
service. Be sure to print out a
Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time
is usually required to receive
foreign transcripts. Questions
about the LLM Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
E. Two Letters
Admissions Committee requires two (2) letters of recommendation in support of
your application. An optional third letter may be submitted, but no more than
three letters of recommendation will be considered for one application.
Although the Committee will accept recommendation letters from any two
individuals designated by the applicant, the Committee suggests:
possible, have the two recommendations completed by law school faculty members
(or administrators) with whom you have studied. If you have been away from
school for a considerable time, you may wish to substitute other individuals,
including supervisors and business colleagues, with whom you have had more
individuals who have had substantial and recent opportunity to observe your
professional and/or academic promise. Recommendations from people who have not
had such opportunity are of little assistance to the Committee and your
may also submit your letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of
Recommendation Service, which serves all member schools. This service is
included in your LLM Credential Assembly Service registration (LLM CAS). Your
recommendations will be copied and sent to us along with your LLM CAS report.
F. LSAT Scores
- U.S. applicants only
All U.S. law school graduates must supply
an official copy of their LSAT score.
Requirements for International Applicants:
G. English Language Requirement - International
language ability is a
prerequisite to admission. For foreign students
whose native language is not English,
this requirement may be
satisfied by having completed basic legal studies in an English-speaking country
in a university where
instruction was in English or by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and
receiving a score of 600 PBT,
100 IBT or higher. Applicants should
register to take the test as
early as possible so the scores will
be received by the February 15
deadline. Only TOEFL scores from tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) will
be accepted. The TOEFL score report must be sent directly
to USF by ETS. Use school
code number 4792 to ensure the score will be forwarded to the LLM program of the USF School of Law. For information on taking the TOEFL exam, visit
As an option, applicants that use the LSAC LLM
Credential Assembly Service
can have the TOEFL report
sent directly to LSAC
using the code 0058. The score
will be forwarded to USF along
with an evaluation report
of transcripts prepared by LSAC.
We also accept an official International English
Language Testing System (IELTS)
score report. Fluency in English,
equivalent to an overall band
score of 7.0, (with no single band
score under 6.0) is required. Testing
locations and times may be obtained from www.ielts.org. Only official
TOEFL and IELTS scores from tests taken within
two years of your application submission will be valid.
H. Certification of Finances
- International Students Only
Foreign applicants (those who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents) must submit the Certification of Finances Form and
supporting documents, showing funds covering the nine
months of study at the university. Certification may be submitted either with your
application or after you are admitted. If an international applicant submits
the certification and a copy of the passport identity
page early and is subsequently admitted, he or she will receive the documentation required to apply for a visa more quickly. Please
visit the above web site for information on the
cost of attendance, tuition,
Additional Information for All Applicants:
and Fitness Updates
All applicants are required to complete the
disclosure questions in the Character and Fitness section of the Application.
applicants to disclose any issues related to academic probation, suspension,
disqualification (particularly from a previous
law school). In addition all applicants must disclose any felony or misdemeanor
charge, arrest, conviction, or pending
adjudication including a DUI (or any alcohol or drug-related offense). This
includes any charge, arrest or conviction that
may have been dropped or expunged. Information should include the date of each
incident, full explanation of the incident,
including the name of the charge, and the final disposition of each charge.
In addition, all applicants are required to
notify the School of Law if any changes to the information included in their Application for Admission occur after the
application has been submitted. In particular, all applicants must immediately
Director of Admissions if any new academic probation, suspension,
disqualification issues arise, or if any new charge, arrest
or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor takes place after submitting the application.
Conviction is any of the following: (1) a
plea of guilty or nolo contendere, (2) a verdict or finding of guilt regardless
of whether sentence
is imposed by the court. The Bar Examiners will receive reports of any such
convictions from law enforcement agencies.
Newly admitted applicants are required to
immediately submit a detailed written description of new disclosures to the Law School Office of Admissions if an incident
occurs AFTER an offer of admission is made and to the Office of the Assistant
Academic Services if an incident occurs AFTER classes begin. Information
disclosed after an applicant has been offered admission
will automatically result in a re-evaluation of the applicant's file.
Failure to disclose any changes to your application
or any of the Character & Fitness information noted above, may result in revocation
of your admission decision, dismissal from school, revocation of any degree
awarded by USF School of Law, denial
of admission to the Bar, and referral to the LSAC Subcommittee on Misconduct
and Irregularities in the Admission Process.
The USF School of Law
awards a limited number of tuition scholarships each year to highly qualified applicants. All
applicants are reviewed for merit based scholarship aid at the same time they
are reviewed for admission. No
additional documents than those listed above are required.
or Permanent Residents needing additional financial aid may submit the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 for federal
aid. Such students
may qualify for a Federal
Direct Unsubsidized Loan of
up to $20,500 annually. Additional federal aid is available through the
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, a credit based loan offered through the
federal government. U.S. Citizens
or Permanent Residents needing additional financial aid
information should visit the law
school web site on financial aid at:
a Citibank program offers loans to
international students, who are neither citizens nor
permanent residents, if they
have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen
as a co-signor. See www.citiassist.com.
and correspondence relating to admission or your Law School application should be directed to the Law
School Office of Admissions. Once submitted, all materials become
the property of the School
of Law and will not be returned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and
any supporting documents for your
The Law School Admissions Office will provide login and password
information to all applicants regarding
an on-line status check. In addition,
all applicants to the law
school will be notified by e-mail
once their application is received by USF, when your application file becomes complete, and as soon as an admission decision has been reached.