Master of Jurisprudence

The Tax Law Concentration is just one of your options. See the main Master of Jurisprudence page for details about the overall program and other available options.

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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.”

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 Non-Attorney Exam, 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 $55,000 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.

Tax Law Concentration Curriculum

Required CoursesCredit Hours
Fundamentals of the American Legal System (offered online)2
Legal Research and Writing (offered online)2
Contracts (offered online)4
Federal Civil Procedure4
Federal Income Tax3
Taxation of Business Entities4


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 RequirementsCredit Hours
Business Associations (or Business Structures and Statutory Compliance online)3
Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy (offered online)2-3
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)3
Estate and Gift Tax3
Federal Tax Procedure3
Negotiations (offered online)3
Professional Responsibility3
Property (offered online)4
U.S. Tax Court: Rules, Practice and Procedures3
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