Tax Law
Tax Law

Tax Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Recent News

December 2013 - Joni Larson, Assistant Director of the Graudate Tax DepartmentAssistant Director of the Graduate Tax Department and Professor Joni Larson authors A Practitioner’s Guide to Tax Evidence. The book has become a leading training resource for chief counsel attorneys representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the Tax Court. [ more ]

October 2013 - Gina Torielli, Graduate Tax Program DirectorProfessor Gina Torielli, Director of the Graduate Tax Department at Cooley Law School, will address questions at New Rules of the Game: Same Sex Marriage and Taxes, a seminar presented by Between The Lines Nov. 6 at the Detroit Marriott Livonia from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

July 2013 - Assistant Director of the Graduate Tax Program and Professor Joni Larson, together with Graduate Programs Director and Graduate Tax Program alumna Catherine McCollum, were selected to present at the Walsh College Tax Institute's 1st Annual Mark Solomon Tax Symposium on Thursday, September 26th. They will be presenting a paper on the tax consequences when receipt of a partnership interest is not covered by Code Section 721.

May 2013 - Director Gina M. Torielli presented at two tax practitioner events in May. At the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section Annual Tax Conference, she moderated a panel of presenters of national reputation to provide a unique opportunity for tax practitioners to get an insider's view of present and future regulation of the tax practice.

L to R: Karen L. Hawkins, Director of the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility, Gina Torielli, Graduate Tax Program Director, and Eric Solomon, the director of Ernst and Young LLP's National Tax Department.
Pictured (left to right): Karen
L. Hawkins, Director Gina
Torielli, and Eric Solomon.

The panel included Karen L. Hawkins, Director of the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility, who oversees regulation of practice before the IRS, including the tax opinion standards; and Eric Solomon, the director of Ernst and Young LLP's National Tax Department and the former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury Department, serving in both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

The program was attended by more than 140 tax practitioners and law students and is available on the Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s website, The program was promoted in mailings to more than 1500 Michigan practitioners and on the ICLE website.

At the Michigan Women in Tax Association's Annual Ethics Conference in Grand Rapids, Professor Torielli spoke on updates on ethical standards for tax practitioners and tax return preparers to a mixed audience of CPA's, attorneys and state tax officials. Professor Torielli teaches an elective course, Standards and Ethics of Tax Practice, which alerts Cooley's Graduate Tax students to emerging issues in the regulation of tax practice.


The Graduate Tax Program provides a practice-oriented curriculum to help lawyers expand their opportunities by obtaining both a better understanding of tax law and a respected credential in the tax field.

The 24-credit LL.M. degree can be earned at Cooley's campuses in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Come courses are available online. The program is flexible offering:

Weekend courses, some weekday sections, and special sections beginning after the February bar exam;

Accelerated classes to accommodate our students' desires to balance their education and family lives;

Full availability of classes year-round;

Short, one credit courses in "hot topics."

A degree that can be completed in as little as one year or as many as five years.

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Distinguished LL.M. Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

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Experience: Professor Torielli joined the Cooley faculty in the fall of 2003. While at law school, Professor Torielli worked with the Harvard Negotiation Project, and as a research assistant to Professor Bernard Wolfman.

Elected as President and CEO of Howard & Howard, counseled businesses, banks and public sector clients, including several Fortune 500 firms. As managing partner, she gained real world experience with ethical practice management. She is a popular speaker on law firm management, and conducts workshops on negotiation skills development.

Book: Real Property Taxes in Michigan, won an ACLEA Award of Outstanding Achievement.

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Professor Gina M. Torielli
Graduate Tax Program Director

(734) 372-4900, ext. 8732

Professor Joni Larson
Assistant Graduate Tax Program Director
(517) 371-5140, ext. 2706

Cathy J. McCollum
Director, Graduate & Extended Programs

(517) 371-5140, ext. 2703

Vanessa Ramakers
Administrative Assistant
Graduate and Extended Programs
(248) 751-7800, ext. 7783


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