College of Law

Career Compass: A Map for Your Legal Career in Estate Planning

Estate Planning can be described in many ways. To some, it is the practice of elder law, addressing the myriad of issues relevant to the elderly. To others, it is the drafting of wills and trusts to achieve succession and/or tax planning objectives. Still, to others, the estate planning practice comprises activities designed to transfer family businesses from one generation to the other.

Each of these descriptions and many others are accurate. An estate planning attorney builds a practice performing some or all of the functions relevant to these descriptions. At the core, the role of an estate planner is to help clients manage, gratuitously transfer, and protect from creditors their property.


Courses required for a J.D. degree are marked with an asterisk (*) below.

Core Curriculum:
Trusts and Estates
Federal Income Tax
Estate Planning

Specialty Courses:
Business Associations
Professional Responsibility*
Creditor/Debtor Law
Tax Controversy Clinic

Other Student Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to research and write papers in the estate planning area with the supervision and guidance of a faculty member.


Last Updated: 7/7/23