Tax Law
Tax Law

Tax Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Recent News

Professor Torielli Speaks at Tax Conference

On May 22, 2014, Professor Gina M. Torielli, Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program, spoke at the State Bar of Michigan’s Annual Tax Conference at the Inn at St. John’s Conference Center in Plymouth, Michigan. Her presentation, “The DOMA Supreme Court Case and Its Tax Implications,” included a timely discussion of tax issues associated with marriage equality, including the status of marriage equality, federal agency responses to the Windsor decision, Michigan tax law after Windsor, and an overview of Michigan responses to IRS actions in the field. Prof. Torielli also discussed how tax professionals should advise clients in light of the changing legal landscape.

Cooley Tax LLM Student Publishes In Peer-Reviewed Journal

Captain Kurt M. VanBennekom, currently a student in Cooley’s Graduate Tax Program, recently published an article in the peer-reviewed The Army Lawyer. The article, “Contributions of Military Death Gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts,” appeared in the April 2014 issue. Capt. VanBennekom is currently Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, Michigan National Guard. The article was based on a masters thesis completed as part of the author’s LL.M. program studies.

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 ]


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. Some 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 Larson joined the Cooley faculty in 2002. Prior to joining, she was the Executive Assistant to Division Counsel, in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.

Prof. Larson has served as an associate attorney with the Anderson Hunter Law Firm, as a tax litigation attorney for the I.R.S., and as an attorney-adviser to Judge Irene F. Scott in U.S. Tax Court. She teaches the Partnership Taxation, Income Taxation, and Tax Research and Argument courses in the Graduate Tax (LL.M.) program.

Book: A Practitioner's Guide to Tax Evidence - Prof. Larson's book has become a leading training resource for chief counsel attorneys representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the Tax Court.

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Professor Joni Larson
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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