Estate Planning

Top-notch estate planning professionals must acquire not only technical expertise, but also the client-relations skills that are essential to this individualized area of practice. Adjunct faculty, all leading experts in their fields, draw on their wealth of practical experience to equip our students with these skills.

The Certificate in Estate Planning can be completed in conjunction with the Tax LL.M. degree or on a stand-alone basis. Before matriculating into the Certificate program, all students must have successfully completed a course in basic federal individual income taxation and a course in decedents' estates (or a similar course such as Probate Law or Trusts and Estates). Students who have not taken a basic course in federal income taxation may satisfy this requirement by taking Georgetown's online course, Foundations of Federal Income Taxation.


Candidates for the Certificate must successfully complete the following four required courses comprising 10 academic credits.


Edward Beckwith

William Davis

Carter Hood

David Kirk

Anne O'Brien

Christopher Sega

Doug Siegler

Stafford Smiley

Curriculum Guide, Fall 2017

Curriculum Guide, Spring 2018

To learn more about the Certificate in Estate Planning, please contact:

Professor Stafford Smiley
Professor and Faculty Director
– Graduate Tax Program
Office of Graduate Programs
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Hotung 5022
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 662-9906