International Taxation

Georgetown University Law Center offers a Certificate Program in the increasingly important field of international taxation. The Certificate in International Taxation consists of a dozen or more courses offered annually, all taught by distinguished faculty comprised of full-time professors, leading practitioners from law firms, accounting firms and industry, as well as senior officials from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. The curriculum covers all aspects of practice within the field, with courses that are both current and practical in their focus.

The Certificate in International Taxation is open to U.S.-trained and foreign-trained students. The Certificate can be completed in conjunction with the Tax LL.M., Executive Tax LL.M. or M.S.L. in Taxation degree programs, or on a stand-alone basis (either on campus or online). 


Before matriculating into the Certificate program, all students must have successfully completed courses in basic federal income taxation and graduate-level corporate taxation. 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 prior to matriculation into the Certificate program. Students who have not taken a basic course in corporate taxation may satisfy this requirement by taking Corporate Income Tax Law I in their first semester.


The Certificate in International Taxation requires the completion of 10 academic credits of coursework. Below are the different requirements for U.S.-trained, foreign-trained, and online students.

U.S.-trained students who intend to complete the program in person at the Law Center must take the following four courses:

Foreign-trained students who intend to complete the program in person at the Law Center must take the following courses:

Students completing the program on campus may also choose from the following elective courses:

Online students must complete the following five courses, in addition to the above-mentioned prerequisites:


Amie Ahanchian

Clark Armitage

Rafic Barrage

David Blair

Chris Bowers

Ron Dabrowski

Lloyd DeVos

David Ernick

Lillian Faulhaber

Grace Fleeman

Tim Gillis

Itai Grinberg

Charles Gustafson

Michael Lang

Natan Leyva

Daniel McCall

John Merrick

Saul Mezei

Bernard Moens

Fred Murray

Rebecca Rosenberg

Paul Schmidt

David Shapiro

Stafford Smiley

Sanford Stark

Jonathan Talisman

Joseph Tobin

Special Information for online participants:

Please be advised that Georgetown University Law Center is required to seek approval in several states in order to offer courses online. While Georgetown has secured approval in most states, there are a few states in which the Law Center is in the process of seeking approval. If an applicant resides in one of these states, he or she will be promptly notified when upon submission of an application.

Special Information for Maryland residents:

Georgetown University Law Center has been approved by the state of Maryland to offer online courses to residents of that state. Under Maryland law, we are required to provide certain information to students which relates to our program's registration status with the state as well as procedures for Maryland residents to file complaints or grievances with the Law Center. The Georgetown University Law Center Student Handbook governs the internal student complaint process (see pages 78-79). Maryland law provides a student with the right to appeal a final outcome of an institution's grievance procedure by following the Maryland Higher Education Commission's student complaint process.

Curriculum Guide for Fall 2017

Curriculum Guide for Spring 2018


More Information
For more information about the Certificate in International Taxation, please contact:

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