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Taking on a Master of Tax

Taking on a Master of Tax

By LIV Young Lawyers

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For tax consultant Jack Aquilina the MLS masters program opened doors.

For law graduate Jack Aquilina, completing his Master of Tax has set him up for a diverse legal career. “I did tax in my undergraduate studies and really loved it,” he says.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from La Trobe University in 2016, Mr Aquilina decided to enrol in a Master of Tax at Melbourne Law School (MLS).

“Coming off the back of doing honours and a double degree I had the academic momentum to do the masters to a high standard,” he says.

“I also wanted to make myself more marketable to potential employers and getting the masters as soon as possible has really distinguished me in the marketplace.”

For Mr Aquilina, being taught by leading industry professionals has been a highlight of his experience at MLS.

“The lecturers in the masters are not just there to teach, they really care about investing you with knowledge – it’s a generational baton that they are passing on,” he says.

“It makes your job as a student really easy.”

Mr Aquilina says the masters program has also provided him with key networking opportunities.

“I have been able to meet a broad section of the tax community in a very short period of time,” he says.

“I met probably 60 to 70 people I would never otherwise have met.”

Flowing from his studies, Mr Aquilina has secured a job as a senior consultant and solicitor in the tax controversy group at Ernst & Young.
“The last year of study has been one of the best academic experiences of my life,” he says.
“To have been taught by some of Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners, judicial officers and academics in the law of taxation was a real privilege and one I will cherish for the rest of my life.”


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