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Master of Jurisprudence in Tax Law

M.Jur. Tax Law Concentration

Mark Cochran

Featured Faculty: Mark W. Cochran “Tax law is a great vehicle for developing analytical skills, and the subject is far more entertaining than most people might expect.”

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 and professionals 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.

General M.Jur. Program Information

Tax Law Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses Hours
Fundamentals of the American Legal System 2
Legal Research and Writing I 2
Contracts I 3
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 Hours
Business Associations 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 3
Property I 3
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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