Online Programs

Associate Dean William Byrnes
Associate Dean William Byrnes

The Graduate Online Programs offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Taxation and Financial Services for candidates who have already graduated from law school; a Master of Science of Law (J.S.M.) for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of legal studies; and a J.S.D. for candidates who are engaged in or seeking careers in academia or careers which emphasize legal scholarship.


Executive/Corporate Courses are also available online for students interested in AAFM or ADIT certification.






Message from Associate Dean William Byrnes

When I returned to the United States in 1998 to establish the International Finance and Taxation program leveraging online communication technologies, both international tax programs and distance learning programs were in their infancy. But with the help of a renown and talented faculty, and the support of an immensely engaged student body, the international tax program blossomed over 15 years to become a cutting edge industry leader that it is today. Just recently, National Law Journal wrote “Perhaps no one in legal academia has more experience with online master’s degrees than William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.” (May 20, 2013)


Let me share a couple examples of the quality of the students. Each year I choose over fifteen international tax students, from the graduate online program, to assist within my many tax treatises published by LexisNexis, the seven volume trusts and company law compendium with WoltersKluwer, the Tax Facts series published by National Underwriter, and Mertens Federal Income Taxation.  By the time these students have reached international alumni status, many have developed into authors with several chapter and article citations. One of those students six year past, is now the Program Director for the online graduate program at TJSL, Jason Fiske.  Another recently graduated student has just published his fifth law review article.


Finally, I built this graduate program around the needs of tax and financial professionals looking for advancement and efficiency for their career, be that to attract new clientele with global issues, better manage the budgets of outside international counsel, or to enhance their CV for the next round of promotion. I welcome you to explore how this international tax & financial services graduate program may benefit your career by interacting with me during our web-discussions in the weekly class workshops, and with Skype outside of it.


William H. Byrnes,

Associate Dean for Graduate & Distance Education Programs