About the Graduate Tax Program

The No. 1 Graduate Tax Program on the West Coast 

** UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program is working under the assumption that we are going to be back on campus fully, this Fall 2021 semester! Our plans will, of course, depend on the public health situation at the start of the Fall semester and are subject to change but we have been working on backup plans to the extent necessary in order to comply with official public health guidance. Please find the attached letter updating you on the UCI Tax Program’s Fall 2021 instruction plans (PDF). **


The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers an innovative, one-of-a-kind LL.M. curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and the practical skills needed to practice tax law at the highest levels, in the United States or abroad.

The Graduate Tax Program aims to produce graduates who are prepared for careers as tax attorneys, judges, tax administrators and policy advocates, as well as markedly enhance the tax skills of those who are already members of the tax profession.

In designing its innovative curriculum, the program’s founding tax faculty consulted tax practitioners, government administrators, tax policy advocates and other industry experts to develop a world-class educational experience at one of the premiere law schools in the United States.  At the center of the curriculum is a mandatory practical tax skills requirement, which is completed through tax externships, tax clinics, or specially designed tax classes. Ours is the only program in the United States that makes practical tax skills an inherent, mandatory part of the academic curriculum.  For more information academic requirements, see Curriculum.

World Renowned Faculty

The core full-time  founding tax faculty of UCI Law’s Graduate Tax Program comprises world-renowned, lauded experts in their fields. All member of our founding tax faculty have practical tax experience, and have gained significant experience teaching full-time at other graduate tax programs around the country before joining the faculty of UCI Law.

In addition, our tax lecturers in law are all leading practitioners in major law firms, corporations and government agencies. The founding tax faculty has taken great care to recruit lecturers who will actively contribute to the program and who will be genuinely interested in their students' academic and professional success.

Commitment to Student Success

The founding tax faculty received broad leeway to design their “dream tax program.” This meant designing a new graduate tax program focused on student success and practical tax application. Our faculty are committed to helping our students thrive in the classroom and are dedicated to empowering them to reach their educational and professional goals.

Read a message from the founding tax faculty here.

Impeccable Reputation

Individually and collectively, the faculty, staff, students, alums and friends of the Law School have made UCI Law a place of excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship and public service. UCI Law had the highest ever debut ranking in U.S. News & World Report, and now is ranked No. 35 nationally and No. 15 among public universities. UCI Law is No. 1 graduate tax program on the west coast and is ranked No. 5 nationwide among law schools with a graduate tax program. 

Small Class Sizes

Our student-faculty ratio is among the best in the country. We combine the best of a small, collegial and supportive environment with a large and lauded research institution. 

State-of-the-Art Facilities

All Graduate Tax Program classes are taught in a new state-of-the-art facility, located near the UCI School of Law building. This 75,000 square-foot building includes expansive learning facilities, cutting-edge in-class technology, ample collaborative workspaces, a 3,000 square-foot ballroom, outdoor plaza, and on-site coffee shop.

DCE Building

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For more information on admissions and application schedule see Application and Admissions.

Contact

Natascha Fastabend
Executive Director
nfastabend@law.uci.edu
(949) 824-0030

Omri Marian
Academic Director
omarian@law.uci.edu 
(949) 824-6493

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"The distinguished faculty members of UCI's Graduate Tax Program have already been so instrumental in advancing my tax career. In class, students are able to effectively navigate the Internal Revenue Code. We do numerous amounts of problems that prepare us for practice. One of my favorite parts of the program is that the curriculum is very hands-on. Additionally, UCI has fostered a close-knit environment, where I have been able to make great contacts with tax professionals and strong bonds with fellow tax students and the faculty."

–Kathryn Peyton, UCI Law Grad Tax Program Class of 2020, International Tax Associate, KPMG