Peter A Allard School of Law


The LLM in Taxation allows you to build your foundational tax knowledge through its introductory mandatory course and then allows you to deepen your tax expertise in areas of interest through a wide choice of tax elective courses. This flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your learning to your specific career goals and schedule — one year full-time or two years part-time. 

The program requires completion of 30 credits which include: 

  • Fundamentals Concepts in Tax Law (Law 561 - 6 credits)
  • at least 24 credits done at the 500 (graduate) level
  • at least 18 credits in tax law and tax policy related courses

Required Course (6 Credits)

  • Fundamental Concepts in Tax Law (Law 561 - 6 credits)

Fundamental Concepts in Tax Law (LAW 561) is a mandatory course for all LLMT students. This course takes place entirely online in the July term as an asyncronous course covering the fundamental material needed to have a foundation of Canadian tax law. There are some synchronous online sessions held throughout the term for introduction and discussion of the materials covered.   

+ Choose from Elective Tax and Policy Courses (Minimum 18 Credits)

We offer the following courses to complete the 24 credits required in taxation (in addition to 561).

  • Topics in First Nations Law: Aboriginal Taxation (Law 358 - 3 credits)
  • Taxation of Corporate Reorganization (Law 550 - 3 credits)
  • Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (Law 562 - 3 credits)
  • Taxation of Partnerships (Law 563 - 3 credits)
  • International Taxation (Law 565 - 3 credits)
  • Tax Policy (Law 566 - 3 credits)
  • Taxation of Trusts and Estates (Law 546 - 3 credits)
  • Tax Administration and Dispute Resolution (Law  567 - 3 credits)
  • Topics in Taxation (Law 568 - 3 credits) Topics covered varies year to year
  • Topics in International Taxation (Law 569 - 3 credits) Topics covered varies year to year
  • Directed Research (Law 501 - 2-4 credits) if the research is in the tax law field

+ Optional Elective Non-Tax Courses (Up To 6 Credits)

In addition to their program requirements, LLM Tax students are free to choose up to 6 credits from most all classes that are offered for 300, 400, or 500 level courses here at the Allard School of Law.  The following courses are not open to students in the LLM Tax program:

  • First year J.D. courses (200 level courses);
  • Courses in the research-based LL.M. and Ph.D. programs (Law 500, Law 610 and Law 611);
  • Courses restricted to LLM CL students only (e.g. Law 505, 515, 525) ; and
  • Moots, clinical courses, or trial advocacy (e.g. Law 472).

LLM Tax students are able to take up to six (6) credits in other faculties at UBC with the approval of the program director. 

Do You Qualify for the LLM in Taxation?

Review the minimum academic and language requirements.

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