Graduate Career & Professional Development for Tax LL.M. Students
The Office of Graduate Programs has a full-time professional development staff devoted exclusively to helping students with academic and career planning. They provide individual counseling sessions, weekly newsletters, resume review, mock interviews and panels featuring speakers (including many Georgetown alumni) from specialized areas of tax practice.
Early in the spring semester, the Taxation Interview Program (TIP), a job fair hosted jointly with New York University, provides Tax LL.M. students with the opportunity to interview with employers from national and regional law firms, major accounting firms, corporations and government agencies. The Internal Revenue Service appears frequently on campus, participating in TIP during the spring and in informational panels and at the Government Interview Program during the fall semester. Major law and accounting firms host on-campus receptions and post job openings on the Law Center's computerized job listing.
Because of Georgetown's location in the Nation's capital, students have numerous (more than 50, to be precise) opportunities for externships at government agencies, international organizations, and professional service (law and accounting) firms. These externship opportunities are available during both the fall and spring semesters. Students completing externships do not receive compensation but earn academic credit. Tax LL.M. students in recent years have been awarded externships at the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Treasury, the U.S. Tax Court, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as major law firms and the national offices of Big Four Accounting Firms. Successful externships can pave the way for permanent job offers following graduation.
A Tax Court clerkship is one of the most useful credentials that a young tax lawyer can acquire. Over the years, numerous students have secured clerkships at the Tax Court, which is located across the street from the Law Center. Many of its Judges hold Tax LL.M. degrees from Georgetown, and several teach or have taught here as adjunct professors. In mid-September, Georgetown and the U.S. Tax Court host Georgetown Day at the Tax Court, where students have the opportunity to interview with Tax Court Judges who are seeking to hire clerks.
Employment Statistics for U.S.-Trained Tax LL.M. Graduates
2016 2015 2014
Total Graduates Employed at Graduation 99% 94% 95%
Law Firm 31% 37% 37%
Accounting Firm 46% 46% 48%
Government 12% 11% 11%
Other 10% 7% 7%
Employment by Region
Mid-Atlantic 58% 48% 45%
(DC, DE, MD, NC, VA, WV)
Midwest 10% 6% 7%
(IA, IL, IN, KS, MO, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
Northeast 23% 23% 18%
(CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
South 5% 12% 23%
(AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX, SC)
West 4% 11% 7%
(AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
 Includes all 2016 U.S.-trained graduates starting full-time employment by the October following graduation
 Includes federal government, state government and clerkships with the U.S. Tax Court