Online & Part-Time Options

Get a first-class education with the flexibility to pursue your degree on your own schedule.

We offer three online degrees and two online certificates, designed for working professionals, in the fields of Tax and Securities. Students enroll in the same courses as on-campus students, complete the course at the same pace, and take the same final exam.

We also offer all of our programs on a part-time basis. Explore our LL.M. degrees, certificates, and joint/dual degrees and then consult with our academic advisors to chart a path.

Note: International students in F-1 or J-1 status are not able to enroll in our part-time or online programs. Please email an International Student Advisor at if you have any questions.

Note on State Authorization to offer Online Programs
Georgetown Law is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows online programs that demonstrate compliance with their home state’s authorization requirements to enjoy reciprocal authorization in all other SARA states, which include D.C., Puerto Rico, and all U.S. states except California. Georgetown is also authorized separately to deliver online education to students residing in California. For more information on state authorization, including state complaint processes and refund policies the university is required to comply with, please visit Georgetown’s office of Compliance and Ethics web page:

For more information on SARA please visit:

Disclosure Regarding Professional Licensure
Georgetown Law’s online programs, which include the Executive LLM in Taxation, MSL in Taxation, and Certificates in International Tax and State and Local Tax, will not lead to professional licensure and will not qualify a student to sit for any state bar exam.

Frequently Asked Questions About Georgetown’s Executive (Online) LL.M. and Certificate Programs

Who are your online programs best suited for?

Our online programs give motivated working professionals the opportunity to received a first-class education while while maintaining personal and professional obligations.

What distinguishes Georgetown’s Executive (online) LL.M. degree and certificate programs?

For the most part, online students at Georgetown take exact same courses and exams as on-campus students. The material is timely, up-to-date, and new every year; unlike other programs, we don’t recycle material year after year.

Our online program also allows students to specialize by earning a certificate in International Taxation or State and Local Tax–either in conjunction with their LL.M. degree or on a stand-alone basis. This gives students the opportunity to focus their studies and demonstrate a commitment to a specific area of tax law.

What are the admission requirements for Georgetown’s Executive (online) LL.M. degree and certificate programs?

Admission to Georgetown’s Executive (online) LL.M. degree and online certificate programs is highly selective and is based on the same admissions standards as our on-campus students. Applicants must hold a first degree in law (J.D. or LL.B.) from an ABA-approved law school or a bachelor of law degree from a non-U.S. law school approved by its foreign equivalent. For more information on the Admissions process, please visit the webpage for our Graduate Admissions office.

Is professional experience necessary? Are there any prerequisites?

We strongly prefer that online students have a few years’ of work experience. Most of our students are currently employed as attorneys at major law firms, accounting firms, and government agencies in the United States and abroad.

Tax students must have taken a basic course in federal personal income taxation during their J.D. program, or have completed our online course, Foundations of Federal Income Taxation, as a prerequisite to our Executive LL.M. and tax certificate program.

How long does it take to complete the Executive (online) LL.M. degree or tax certificate program?

The Executive (online) Tax LL.M. degree consists of twenty-four credits (with most courses carrying 2 credits each). Full-time students generally take twelve academic credits each semester and complete the program in two semesters. Part-time students typically take between two and six credits per semester and finish the program in two to three years.
Each of our tax certificate programs consist of ten credits each. Students generally take between two and six credits per semester and finish the program in one to two years.

What are the Tuition and Fees?

Tuition and fees for full-time and part-time students can be found in our student handbook.

How do I attend classes online?

The majority of classes are recorded and posted to a course’s Canvas site within 24 hours. Recordings remain online throughout the semester, giving our students maximum flexibility to attend classes at times that are most convenient to them. Some classes require live attendance via videoconference. The class format for each course is detailed in the curriculum guide.

How are exams administered for online students?

Online students complete the same assignments and take the same final examination as in- class students enrolled in a particular course, and will be graded along the same curve as all other students in the course. Online students typically sit for a take-home exam or complete a written paper for each course.

Do online students have access to campus buildings and library resources?

Online students are provided with access to all electronic library materials, and receive Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis and Bloomberg accounts. Building access can be arranged if student wishes to attend any classes in person.

Do online students have access to academic counseling and career/professional development services?

Online students may receive academic and career counseling via telephone or Skype.

Access to online job-search resources, such as access to Georgetown’s alumni network and Symplicity job database, is available to all online students.

Students in the Executive LL.M. in Taxation program are eligible to participate in the Taxation Interview Program, either in the semester following (February graduates) or preceding (May or October graduates) their graduation. Eligible Tax LL.M. students will receive an email in December inviting them to participate, and must opt-in by a stated deadline.

MSL students have access to several resources at the Georgetown University Graduate Career Center on Georgetown’s main campus, including career workshops, employer presentations, career fairs, job and internship listings via Handshake and a number of other resources. The Alumni Career Services Offices provides a list of Alumni Executive Recruiters and Career Coaches on their website.

Are Georgetown’s online programs available to residents in all states?


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