Interview with students on the Advanced Master’s (LLM) Programme on International Tax Law
How did you find out about this programme?
Abebe: The University of Amsterdam runs six LLM programmes at the Mekelle University in Ethiopia, one being on tax law. I already have a master’s in tax and investment law and when by chance I heard a lecturer telling his students about this new and extraordinary programme, I thought it could prove a good specialization for me. I count myself lucky to be able to participate.
Scott: In my second year of law school at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, I attended a lecture given by Professor Dennis Weber on tax treaties and their interaction with national law. This inspired me so much that I chose to specialize in tax law. Recently, I passed the California bar exams and although I actually should be working to pay back my study loans, I could not resist the challenge of taking yet another step in education.
As it is the first UVA-IBFD LLM, we are really curious about the master’s students’ impressions of the programme so far. Can you tell us a little bit about this?
Abebe: The cooperation between UVA and IBFD is the real advantage of this programme, as we are given both perspectives: the theoretical, more academic side plus the practical side. We have access to a range of inputs and resources, including UvA professors, IBFD staff, guest speakers and Library services. The services provided by the Library are very convenient, giving access all the necessary resources online. If only I could borrow some materials, as we sometimes prefer to use the real paper!