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Master of Jurisprudence in Tax Law

M.Jur. Tax Law Concentration

For the first time, a Texas law school is offering a non-J.D. master’s program in the study of federal tax law. The M.Jur. in Tax Law is the perfect academic program for certified public accountants interested in working in U.S. Tax Court. After completing this 30-credit-hour M.Jur. degree and passing the U.S. Tax Court examination, graduates of the program will be able to facilitate clients’ portfolios without obtaining a surrogate to try cases in U.S. Tax Court.

This program focuses on the four content areas covered within the tax exam and strengthens your ability to liaise with corporate legal, risk assessment, compliance and ethics divisions.

Hands-on experience through VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax filing services to qualifying families that make less than $60,000 a year. The St. Mary’s University VITA site is open to the entire community, but specifically targets residents on the West Side within the University’s Neighborhood Revitalization area.

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M.Jur. at St. Mary's Law

The Tax Law concentration is one of many M.Jur. degree programs at St. Mary’s. All are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College and have obtained acquiescence from the American Bar Association (ABA).

General M.Jur. Program Information

Tax Law Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses Credit Hours
Fundamentals of the American Legal System 2
Legal Research and Writing I 2
Contracts I (or Contracts I and II online) 3 (or 4 for Contracts I and II online)
Federal Civil Procedure 4
Federal Income Tax 3
Taxation of Business Entities 4


Two additional electives from the list must be chosen. Remaining electives are at the discretion of the student with the program director’s approval.
Additional Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Business Associations (or Business Structures and Statutory Compliance online) 3
Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy 2
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) 3
Estate and Gift Tax 3
Evidence 4
Federal Tax Procedure 3
Mediation 3
Negotiations 3
Professional Responsibility 3
Property I (or Property I and II online) 3 (or 4 for Property I and II online)
Trusts 3
U.S. Tax Court: Rules, Practice and Procedures 3

Program components are curated to offer the most efficient delivery of substantive tax curriculum and procedural fundamentals. This concentration will familiarize you with those concepts required to practice in U.S. Tax Court, apply tax evidence and uphold ethical standards.

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Curious which M.Jur. concentration is right for you? Questions about the admission process or the program? Our admission team will work with you to answer any questions and help you through the process when you’re ready.

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