Suffolk University Law School is launching a master of laws (LLM) program in taxation that will allow Suffolk Law students to receive an LLM and juris doctor (JD) in the same amount of time required for a JD.

“Federal tax law is complex and detailed. Students who intend to focus their practice in taxation or who wish to practice in the corporate, business planning, estate planning or financial sectors must have in-depth knowledge of multiple areas of federal tax law,” said Associate Dean Anthony Polito, who is the faculty director of the tax LLM program. “Acquiring an LLM in taxation is typically necessary and certainly always adds value to a student intending to practice in these areas.”

The “heart of the program,” Polito said, is an intensive 12-credit, 10-week summer program that would allow students to graduate in the same three-year-day-program or four-year-evening-program period required for obtaining a single law degree. At graduation, successful students would receive both JD and LLM degrees.

“Compared to the JD program, the only additional classes would be those in the summer session, so law students could graduate with JD and LLM degrees for about half the cost of attending a separate LLM program,” Polito said.

Tax LLM students are required to take an intensive summer session, which will begin in May 2015. In addition to the summer session, tax LLM students will take an additional eight credits of required tax courses and six credits of tax electives.

The tax LLM program also will be available for students who already have completed law school at Suffolk or elsewhere.

Suffolk Law currently offers a general LLM degree and an LLM degree in Global Law and Technology.