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A New Program Is Coming To This Law School

Boston University School of Law is launching a new master’s program.

The law school announced a master’s degree in the Study of Tax Law—a 24 credit program designed to provide foundational tax law training. The program will enroll its inaugural class this upcoming fall semester.

“As technology increasingly automates many of the basic functions previously performed by entry-level accountants, we are seeing tax employers push their junior associates to take on more consulting functions earlier in their careers,” Christina Rice, program director, tells the National Jurist. “This means that junior tax accounting professionals need more training in legal research and writing to succeed in today’s tax practice and we think our program is in the best position to meet that growing need.”

For Professionals Interested In Tax Law

The new program is targeted towards current accountants, auditors, and other business professionals who are looking to understand tax law.

The introductory course will feature topics on the US legal system, sources of US tax law, legal research in tax, legal methods, and legal writing.

Additionally, students can take a number of courses on topics ranging from consolidated corporations to criminal tax.

“We believe the new program will be very attractive to nonlegal tax professionals who want to distinguish themselves in the market,” John Riccardi, BU Law’s assistant dean for graduate & international programs, tells the National Jurist. “As tax compliance work is becoming increasingly automated, accountancy firms will look to develop their higher-level advisory services. Someone who understands and can help navigate the legal dimensions of tax issues will be well positioned for advisory work, particularly if the training comes from BU Law, long regarded as one of the nation’s top schools for tax law.”

Students will also have access to a small number of fully-online courses that combine lectures and other supplemental materials.

Sources: Boston University School of Law, National Jurist