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Is the program full-time or part-time?

Students can enroll full-time or part-time. Currently, full-time students in the LL.M. in estate planning must successfully complete 30 credit hours of require courses with a C+ or better average. The number of credit hours required to obtain the degree may vary from year to year as changes are made in the curriculum. For part-time students, all work must be completed within three years after matriculation.

Are transfer credits accepted?

Transfer of credits for graduate level work from the University of Miami School of Law or from another accredited law school will be allowed only with the approval of the program's director.

Are students permitted to work while studying for the Estate Planning LL.M.?

Candidates engaged in outside employment for more than fifteen hours per week may not, without the approval of the program director, enroll in more than six credit hours per semester.

What distinguishes our estate planning program from traditional graduate tax programs?

While graduate tax programs may offer a cluster of survey courses on estate planning topics, they cannot match the breadth and depth of our program’s coverage of both the tax and non-tax aspects of individual and estate planning. Also, the in-depth, practical focus of our spring semester classes on the essential non-tax issues involved in the estate planning practice in fiduciary administration, asset protection, life insurance, investment planning, elder law, and probate, are areas not touched upon by courses in graduate tax programs.

Why is this a good time to begin a career in estate planning?

Despite the recent economic downturn, the aging of the baby boomer generation has set the stage for the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history. Estate planning professionals are needed not only to deal with the tax implications of these wealth transfers, but also with the related non-tax, investment and business succession planning issues. The Heckerling Graduate Program is ideally positioned to meet this growing need for trained estate planning professionals.

Does Miami Law provide job search assistance to its estate planning graduate students?

Our Career Development Office maintains a full-time advisor to assist LL.M. students with their job searches, including resume review, mock interviews, and individual counseling. Our students enjoy variety of opportunities to meet and network with local estate planning attorneys through local bar association meetings, alumni events, and the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.

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WHY OUR LL.M. IN ESTATE PLANNING?

Alfred J. Stashis, Jr. - LL.M. 2006"The LL.M. in Estate Planning prepared me well to enter a sophisticated estate planning and administration practice.  It provided an opportunity to explore both the substantive and theoretical aspects of federal tax law and the practical applications of that law to the planning techniques I now regularly use with clients. Moreover, the program gave me the opportunity to interact with and learn from the leading national scholars and practitioners who comprise its esteemed faculty".

Alfred J. Stashis, Jr. - LL.M. 2006
Dunwody White & Landon, P.A.
Naples, Florida


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