Joint/Triple Degree Programs in Taxation

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JOINT J.D./LL.M. Program

Our joint degree option (J.D./LL.M.) is for students who have a genuine interest and aptitude for tax and want to develop expertise to improve chances of working in a particular area such as business organizations and transactions, estate planning and wealth management, or international tax. (See right side of this page for triple degree specifics.)

Timing & Credits

The joint program (J.D./LL.M.) offers the opportunity to earn both degrees in only seven semesters, saving time and tuition money over earning the degrees separately. Students begin to take graduate level tax courses during their third year, with 12 LL.M. credit hours counting toward both degrees.


  • Miami Law Students - The Joint J.D./LL.M. option is available to students from the University of Miami School of Law who have earned at least a "B" in Federal Income Tax.
  • Students from Other Law Schools - Students who are enrolled at other law schools and wish to apply to our Joint J.D./LL.M. Program must have earned at least a "B" in Federal Income Tax. They must also submit a letter from their home school dean confirming that our program credits will be accepted for transfer toward their J.D. degree.

Applying to the Joint Program

Students seeking admission should apply during the spring semester of their second year of law school. Click here to access the online application. To read more specifics about this option, visit the joint degrees section of our website.


This program is ideal for those with the long-term goal of servicing top corporate clients or becoming a senior executive at a bank or financial institution.

  • Students can obtain 3 degrees in 4 years — a J.D., an M.B.A. and an LL.M. in tax.
  • ONLY for individuals who were undergraduate business majors.

Applying to the Triple Degree Program

Once J.D students begin their 2L year of law school, they can apply to the Tax LL.M. by the end of spring semester after having completed specific prerequisites. During the 2L year, students should also apply to the one-year MBA program; they must have the results of their GMAT exam when they apply.

Click here for more specifics on this program.

$50,000 Mariano Scholarship

$50,000 Mariano Scholarship

Students accepted to the triple degree program are automatically considered for the prestigious Mariano Scholarship.

  • One Mariano scholarship awarded each year to a student beginning the triple degree program and doing the tax LL.M.
  • This scholarship is awarded based on academic achievements and promise.
  • $25,000/year for two years, is applied to tuition at the Law School and the School of Business Administration.
  • Student is selected at the discretion of the Dean and upon recommendation of the Director of the Tax Program.

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Christopher CallahanI plan to work extremely hard in my career in order to demonstrate that Mr. Mariano's generosity was well placed ... Mr. Mariano has also inspired me to give back to the University of Miami in a similar manner once I have acquired the capacity to do so."

Christopher Callahan
J.D. Class of 2012, LL.M. Class of 2013
First recipient of a Mariano Scholarship