Duquesne University School of Law

Tax & Estate Planning

The Tax and Estate Planning Concentration is designed for students interested in federal taxation or in estate planning or elder law. The concentration prepares students interested in practicing in the area of federal taxation to pursue an LL.M. in taxation by introducing them to federal taxation of individuals, corporations and shareholders; partnerships; and to the federal estate and gift tax system. For students interested in estate planning or elder law, the concentration introduces them to wills, trusts, estate and gift taxation, and other subjects relevant to advising clients regarding wealth preservation and planning for the orderly transmission of wealth from one generation to the next.

Strongly Recommended Courses

Basic Federal Income Taxation [3 credits] 
Business Planning [3] 
Estate Planning [3] 
Estates and Trusts [3] 
Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders [3; not offered since 2014-2015] 
Partnership & LLC Taxation [2]

Other Courses

Doctrinal Courses

Employee Benefits [2; not offered since 2012-2013]
Independent Research [1 to 3, paper - with approval] 
Tax Exempt Organizations [2] 
Tax Exempt Organizations Research [3]

Skills and Clinical Courses

Advanced Legal Writing: Drafting [2, paper - with approval starting Spring 2016; previously 3]

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