Tax Law LL.M. Admissions


Degree Requirement

U.S. applicants must have a J.D. from a school accredited by the American Bar Association.

International applicants must have a first degree in law (LL.B., B.Law) or equivalent. Those who have passed a bar exam and are practicing lawyers in their own country are usually deemed to have LL.B. equivalence for the purposes of admission to this program.

Language Ability

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in UW Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements .

Application Instructions

  • Submit the UW Graduate School online application. This will require the following materials to be submitted online:

    1. Statement of purpose (two-page, double-spaced)
    2. Resume or CV
    3. Unofficial transcripts
    4. Two letters of recommendation. (We strongly prefer at least one academic reference, unless you have been out of law school for five or more years. While you have the option of requesting that your recommender submit a hardcopy letter on your behalf, we strongly encourage all recommendations to be submitted online.)
    5.  An optional statement requesting consideration for a need-based scholarship. All scholarships are awarded in autumn quarter. Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by March 15.
    6. International students: English proficiency test score
    7. Fee payment information
  • Applicants must apply through the UW Graduate School online application, but may use LSAC to submit your letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Admissions Deadlines

Full-time applicants generally apply for the Autumn Quarter. While full-time students are welcome to apply for Winter or Spring quarter, they may be limited in their choice of classes, as many prerequisites are only offered during Autumn Quarter.

Current UW J.D. candidates may apply to the Graduate Program in Taxation as concurrent students in Autumn, Winter, or Spring. Concurrent students may take up to 12 credits of tax classes to count toward both their J.D. and LL.M. degrees. During this time, concurrent students are charged J.D. tuition for Tax classes. Tax classes taken beyond the first 12 credits will only count toward the LL.M. degree, and concurrent students will be charged Graduate Tax Program fees for their tax courses. To apply, please complete the online application process outlined above and make sure to mark that you are a concurrent student.

Part-time applicants may apply for Autumn, Winter or Spring.

International applicants are only eligible to apply for Autumn Quarter, and must apply by February 1 of the year they plan to begin classes. This deadline is for those students who need to obtain a visa. Applicants who are residents of the U.S. or are concurrent JD/LL.M. student at UW will use the deadlines for domestic applicants.

Non-degree candidates may enroll in tax classes for CLE credit by paying the course fee. Please contact the Graduate Program in Taxation office at least two weeks before the course begins to request a non-credit registration form. To obtain CLE credit, students will need to complete an attendance verification form as well as a Form 1 Application for each course and submit it to the WSBA along with a copy of the course syllabus. For additional information, contact the WSBA.

Application Deadlines for Domestic Applicants:

  • Autumn Quarter – July 1 (Priority scholarship deadline: March 15)
  • Winter Quarter – November 1
  • Spring Quarter – February 1

Application Deadline for International Applicants:

  • Autumn Quarter – February 1
  • This deadline is for those students who need to obtain a visa. Applicants who are residents of the U.S. or are concurrent JD/LL.M. student at UW will use the deadlines for domestic applicants.

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Last updated 2/11/2015