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Master of Jurisprudence –
Tax Law Concentration

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.

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.

Sandy Guevarra

“I was born and raised in Mexico until the age of 12 when my family moved to the United States in search of a better future. My first years in school were not easy as I not only had to adapt to a new culture, but also to a new language, but I knew God had plans for me. I began my career at St. Mary’s in the fall of 2011. Throughout my years at St. Mary’s, I began my career at St. Mary’s in the fall of 2011. Throughout my years at St. Mary’s, I volunteered in many projects and joined professional and spiritual organizations. One of the most profound experiences was volunteering with St. Mary’s VITA program at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. Through this program I was able to donate my time and expertise preparing free tax returns for clients. Earning my M.Jur. has just made me more passionate about giving back.”

– Sandy Guevarra (M.Jur. ’23)

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.

Required Courses

Core courses

Fundamentals of the American Legal System
Legal Research and Writing

Choose two from the following:

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Property Law


Concentration Emphasis Courses

Course Name Course Numbers
Federal Income Tax LW 7376
Taxation of Business Entities LW 8480
Business Structures LW 5305, 7310
Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy LW 5306, 8268
Estate and Gift Tax LW 8679
Evidence or Digital Evidence and Records LW 6434, 5612
Federal Tax Procedure LW 7226
Mediation LW 8755
Negotiations LW 5310, 8761
Professional Responsibility LW 6333
Property Law LW 5404, 6480
Trusts LW 8229
U.S. Tax Court: Rules, Practice & Procedure LW 6600

Courses marked with an * are required electives. Two additional courses from the list must be chosen.

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

Applying to the M.Jur.

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