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J.D./Masters of Laws-Taxation


Our broad based curriculum provides students with an in-depth knowledge of taxation, excellent research skills, and the development of the necessary practical skills to become outstanding tax attorneys. UMKC offers an LL.M. in Taxation and an LL.M, General with Estate Planning Emphasis. In addition to the excellent faculty, our program offers a number of benefits, including an accelerated course of study and affordability. The combined program allows students to earn an LL.M. on an accelerated basis, generally requiring only one additional semester beyond the J.D. degree.

Admission requirements

In order to apply for admission, prospective students must submit an LL.M. admission application, application fee, and official law school and undergraduate transcripts. Admission to the LL.M. (in Taxation) and LL.M. (General, with Estate Planning Emphasis) are normally limited to applicants who have already attained a J.D. degree with a grade point average of at least 2.7.

Applicants to the combined J.D. program

Students who are applying to the J.D. program may apply to enter the Combined J.D./LL.M. program with their J.D. application. Current UMKC law students may apply at any time. No LL.M. courses may be taken until the student has completed all first-year courses.

Law students enrolled at other law schools
  • Transfer students: Students at other law schools may apply to transfer to the UMKC School of Law and enroll in the J.D./LL.M. program as they pursue a J.D. at UMKC.
  • Visiting/Certification Students: Alternatively, students may apply to the program in their fourth semester of law school and enroll at UMKC for their fifth and/or sixth semester as visiting students. After receiving the J.D. degree from the student’s home law school, the qualified student may continue at UMKC as an LL.M. student. Students must ensure the courses taken at UMKC will be credited at their “home” law school.
Conditional acceptance

Because the LL.M. program is a graduate program, no person can be formally accepted into the program until the successful completion of the J.D. degree. Formal acceptance will depend upon whether a student has met the minimum eligibility requirements to enroll in either LL.M. program.

General requirements
  • J.D./LL.M. students must complete at least 24 credit hours of required and elective courses. Up to 10 credit hours (12 credits with the permission of the Graduate Studies Committee) of LL.M. courses taken at UMKC while a J.D. student may be applied to the 24-credit-hour requirement.
  • Visiting J.D./LL.M. students may complete as few as 18 credit hours in graduate courses
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
  • Enroll in a minimum of four credit hours each semester.
  • Successfully complete all coursework within three years.
Application deadline
  • There is no formal application deadline, but early submission of application is recommended.
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