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Our alumni are proof of our success

NORTHAMPTON ALUMS are among the top business, tax, and estate planning attorneys in and beyond. The JD Certificate in Tax Law is a big reason. Our accomplished full-time faculty, along with top tax and estate planning practitioners, offer an unusually deep curriculum. And our Federal Tax Law Clinic and Business Law Clinic provide opportunities for students to get hands-on experience as an integral part of their education. The combination means graduates will be ready to excel as corporate, tax and estate planning attorneys.


To earn a JD Certificate in Tax Law, you must complete five required courses with an average grade of B or better.


Second Year Fall Term: Federal Income Tax
Second Year Spring Term: Corporate and Partnership Tax
Third Year Fall Term: Advanced Corporate Tax
Third Year Fall Term: Estate and Gift Tax
Third Year Spring Term: Tax Audits, Procedure and Ethics


You may wish to increase your knowledge and skill set by taking additional tax courses:

Advanced Partnership Tax
Employee Benefits Law
Estate Planning
Federal Tax Clinic
International Tax
State and Local Tax


At the beginning of your third year, you must complete an application for the Certificate in Tax Law. Submit your completed application to an approved tax law faculty member for signature. You must then submit your signed application form to the Law School Registrar’s Office.