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MS in Taxation for a Non Accounting Undergrad.

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MS in Taxation for a Non Accounting Undergrad. [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 11:21
Hello,

I graduated from law school in May 2010, and since then I have been working for a small firm for little pay and no potential for advancement. Since the legal field is in shambles right now and probably will be for the foreseeable future I have started to explore other options. I was recently admitted to the M.S. in Taxation program at Hofstra University and received a pretty substantial scholarship. I took several tax courses in both law school and undergrad, although I was a marketing major, and found them to be extremely interesting. Ultimately I would like to land a tax position with one of the "Big 4". My question is that as a non-accounting undergrad would I still have a chance of landing a position with one of these companies? The career counselor at Hofstra insisted that this would not be an issue and that my J.D. would also make me more marketable but I am pretty dubious of her motives. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: MS in Taxation for a Non Accounting Undergrad. [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2011, 12:06
You should still have a shot (assuming Hofstra attracts Big 4 tax and tax advisory positions in the MS program). Basically, you are more likely recruited into tax advisory roles (due to lack of accounting degree), compared to regular tax compliance , etc roles. (think M&A Tax transaction, International tax, transfer pricing, etc). Make sure you have a GPA before the recruiting season. Otherwise, it would be much more difficult to get an interview.

A good way of identifying whether Big 4 will be recruiting for such tax position? Look at their law school and see if Big 4 visits the school for tax opportunities. Do they have a LLM program, etc. If not, inquire into Career Services for variety of tax opportunities in advisory and etc. Advisory recruiting is usually done in Spring, while regular tax compliance recruiting is done in the Fall. It's usually more beneficial to go to schools with LLM Tax programs because dedicated recruiting will be done through that school. Otherwise, it may only be regular tax recruiting (you won't get any special treatment for this recruiting because kids w accting degree can do the job just as well, if not better)
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Re: MS in Taxation for a Non Accounting Undergrad.   [#permalink] 04 Aug 2011, 12:06
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