» LL.M. in Taxation Program

The Chapman University Fowler School of Law offers an LL.M. degree in taxation with comprehensive course work that exposes students to a wide variety of specialized tax and estate planning courses. Tax law covers income tax, federal tax procedure, corporate tax, ethics, as well as a variety of electives. In addition to the traditional personal and business related tax law courses, Chapman has made a particular effort to include an extensive array of advanced estate planning and advanced business and personal tax planning courses.  


The full-time professors in the tax law program include casebook authors and leaders in committees of the tax section of the American Bar Association as well as respected adjunct professors who bring a real-world dynamic to the classroom.

Clinics and Real World Experience

Chapman is the only law school in the nation with both trial and appellate tax clinics where students handle actual cases while in school. Additionally, an estate planning clinic and externship opportunities with the State Board of Equalization, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Department of Justice Tax Division are available.

Federal Income Tax Requirement

Our tax program is unique from many other programs in that all of our LL.M.. candidates are presumed to have already completed a basic course in Federal Income Taxation at the JD level prior to matriculation at Chapman. If you have not completed a JD level course in federal income tax before matriculation, you will be required to complete it during your first semester in the program. This may impact your ability to complete the program in one-year.

Learn more about LL.M.. admission requirements, program requirements, and cost of attendance.

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