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Estate Planning Concentration

The School of Law's Estate Planning Concentration curriculum merges business, tax, and elder law into a well-rounded program. Students pursuing a concentration in estate planning will engage in skills-based learning while broadening their substantive knowledge in several areas of law. The need for estate planning services has been rising significantly along with the aging population who need assistance in managing their assets.  This concentration prepares students to enter this growing practice area.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses:

Income Tax I
Estate & Gift Tax
Trusts & Estates

*Note: Student must successfully complete Property as a prerequisite for this concentration. The course credit for Property does not count toward credits required for concentration.


In addition to completing the foundational courses, students are required to take additional coursework sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the concentration advisor:

Business & Estate Planning                                                                                                       
Business Planning                                                                                                                    
Corporate Tax     
Drafting Business Contracts                                                                                                                              
Elder Law                     
Federal Litigation: Pension Rights
Federal Tax Practice & Procedure
Income Tax II                                                                                                                       
Non-profit Law                                                                                                     
Payment Systems                                                                                                              
Secured Transactions                                                                                                                                          
UCC Survey Course

Practical Skills Courses

In addition to the required foundational and elective coursework, students are required to complete a practical skills course in one of the following:

Estate Planning QWC
Elder Law Clinic

Writing Requirement

Students are required to complete one significant piece of writing in the concentration area. The writing requirement does not require that students earn any credits beyond the foundational and elective credits described above. However, the topic and the arrangement for fulfilling the writing requirement must be approved in advance by the Concentration Advisor. The paper could be written to fulfill the requirements of a course, an independent study, or a law review note. It may also be possible to fulfill this requirement by writing a paper independently, such as a submission to a writing competition or an article for publication. In all of these arrangements, the prior approval of the Concentration Advisor is required.

Estate Planning Concentration Requirement Form

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean, in consultation with the Concentration Advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practical Skills requirement.

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.