Golden Gate University School of Law is the only law school in the western United States that offers a LLM in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Course offerings reflect both the technical and people oriented nature of this practice area as well the need for practical experiential learning.

Students are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with many opportunities for clerkships and externships with Bay Area law firms and Superior Court Probate Departments. Graduates of this program will be fully capable of starting and running their own practices or sought after as highly trained associates for established firms.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Golden Gate University School of Law is the only law school in the western United States that offers a LLM in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. The program has an unparalleled array of course offerings and is designed to be compatible with the State Bar of California Legal Specialist Certification Program.

Demand for skilled attorneys in this practice area has grown substantially and is predicted to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Course offerings reflect both the technical and people oriented nature of this practice area as well the need for practical experiential learning. Students are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with many opportunities for clerkships and externships with Bay Area law firms and Superior Court Probate Departments. Graduates of this program will be fully capable of starting and running their own practices or sought after as highly trained associates for established firms.

National & Regional Recognition

Taught by same faculty from Tax LLM program, which has been repeatedly ranked by Tax Talent, a national network of tax employers and tax professionals, among the top 10 LLM Tax programs nationwide, and it is the highest ranking of any California Tax LLM program. Tax LLM program is consistently listed in The Recorder's "Best LLM Programs in California."

Flexibility

Transfer 12 qualifying units from ABA-accredited JD or other LLM programs. Graduate in one semester with transfer credits. Earn a Certificate in Taxation as part of the 24-unit degree requirement. Rolling admissions for fall, spring and summer.

JD Students May Complete Their LLM Degree In Only One Semester

JD students may enroll and earn up to 12 units of credit toward the LLM degree before they graduate and have only one semester remaining to complete the LLM.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid based on merit and need are available for qualified candidates. Tuition is highly competitive. Contact our office to learn more.

Professional Path

Develop professional contacts through substantive courses supplemented with workshops, field work, and externships in taxation, trusts, estates, and elder care. One-on-one career counseling, professional and student organizations, and events with GGU Law's robust alumni network offer additional networking opportunities.


CURRICULUM

To earn the LLM in Estate Planning degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered during the day as well as during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within five years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.

 

TOTAL UNITS -- 24

REQUIRED COURSES -- 14 UNITS

  • Estate and Gift Tax (3 units)
  • Estate Planning (3 units)
  • Income Tax of Trusts and Estates (2 units)
  • Income Taxation for Estate Planners (1 unit)
  • PR for Trust and Estate Practice (2 units)
  • Probate Procedure (3 units)

ELECTIVE COURSES -- 10 UNITS

  • 401(k) Plans I & II - Tax and ERISA
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • Bankruptcy Tax
  • CA Property Tax
  • Characterization of Income & Expenses
  • Combating Financial Elder Abuse
  • Corporate Tax
  • Court Ordered Estate Planning
  • Drafting Estate Plans
  • Estate Planning Externship
  • Estate Planning for the Blended Family
  • Estate Planning Lab
  • Executive Compensation
  • FATCA
  • Federal Tax Procedure
  • Gen. Skipping Transfer Tax
  • International Tax I & II
  • International Estate Planning (formerly Multinational Estate Planning)
  • IRS Litigation Clinic
  • Litigation in Probate Court
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
  • Mediating Trusts and Estates Disputes
  • Partnership Tax
  • PR for Tax Practice
  • Pro Bono Tax Clinic
  • Probate Court Externship
  • Real Estate Tax
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Tax Litigation
  • Tax Research
  • Taxation of LLC's and S-Corps
  • Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Taxation, Politics & the Law
  • Timing of Income & Expenditures
  • Transfer Pricing I & II
  • Value Added Tax
  • Wills & Trusts

EARN BOTH LLM IN ESTATE PLANNING & LLM IN TAXATION

Students may earn both an LLM in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate and an LLM in Taxation by completing only 34 units. To do so the student must complete the 14 units of required courses for each degree and the remaining units may be fulfilled from electives.

 

CERTIFICATE IN TAXATION

Students may earn both the LLM in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate and the Taxation Certificate, or a student may choose the certificate only. The Taxation Certificate is awarded to those students who complete 14 units of instruction in the LLM in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Program.

  • Characterization of Income & Expenditures (3 units)
  • Timing of Income & Expenditures (2 units)
  • Corporate Taxation (3 units)
  • Federal Tax Procedure (3 units)
  • Professional Responsibility for Tax Practice (2 units)
  • Tax Research (1 unit)

TUITION

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Generous scholarships are available for the inaugural class. Additional scholarships and financial aid based on merit and need are available for qualified candidates. Tuition is highly competitive at $1,550 per unit. Contact our office to learn more.