LLM in Real Estate Law
Our LLM in Real Estate Law program has been offering attorneys substantial and practical legal education in commercial real estate law since 1995. Degree candidates include recent law school graduates, as well as experienced attorneys looking to refocus their careers or to expand their understanding of real estate law. Many of our graduates are practicing commercial real estate law with law firms, corporate law departments, and government agencies. Other graduates are working in the real estate industry as developers, project managers, and title officers.
Our LLM curriculum, developed with input from our Real Estate Law Advisory Board and the faculty, takes a transactional approach to legal education by using real-life situations and material in the classroom. This approach aims to teach real estate law in the context of real deals and supports the goals of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education's report "Educating Lawyers Preparation for the Practice of Law." Course materials include the forms and materials real estate attorneys used to document and close transactions.
Degree candidates may earn some or all of their elective credits in one of the areas of concentration or may take their elective courses across the curriculum. The areas of concentration include: Development, Finance, Sustainability, and Transactional.
Courses are taught by full-time professors, who are recognized experts in areas of commercial real estate law, and practicing adjunct faculty who offer degree candidates the unique opportunity to learn about real estate law in the context of the real estate industry and to learn to understand the business objectives and concerns of real estate clients.
Degree candidates can also earn our LLM in Real Estate Law entirely online.
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Effective Fall 2020, new students are not being admitted to this program. Please contact the program directly for more information.
LLM in Real Estate Law candidates must complete 30 credits to earn their degree. In addition to required course work, candidates will select elective courses to focus their degree. Certain Center degree candidates will also participate in the Real Estate Transactional Externship. Through the externship, degree candidates have worked at offices such as Freeborn & Peters, Ticor Title, Motorola, Hinshaw & Culbertson, and Holland & Knight. An externship in a law firm, corporation, or non-profit offers real-life practice experience, and is a highlight of the program. No thesis is required for graduation, but students are encouraged to undertake an Independent Research Project and write a publishable article.
Classes are held during late afternoons, evenings, and on Saturdays. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full time or part time. Most of our degree candidates complete the program within two years. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.
Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Students should consult their appropriate Center regarding their degree requirements.
Curriculum Heading link
- Real Estate: Commercial Leasing (RE 521/JD 521, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Commercial Transactions (RE 440/JD 440, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (RE 459/JD 459, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Environmental Controls & Concerns (RE 426/JD 426, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate (RE 535/JD 535, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Finance (RE 526/JD 526, 2 Credits)
- Administrative Law (RE 498, 3 Credits)
- Clinic: Fair Housing Advanced (RE 547/TADR 547, 1-3 Credits)
- Clinic: Fair Housing Class (RE 539/JD 539, 2 Credits)*
- Clinic: Fair Housing Clinic (RE 541/JD 541, 3 Credits)*
- Externship: Real Estate Transactions (RE 543/JD 543, 1-3 Credits)
- Externship: Sustainability (RE 545/JD 545, 1-3 credits)
- Independent Study in Real Estate Law (RE 596, 1-3 Credits)
- Real Estate Litigation (RE 497/JD 497, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Affordable Housing (RE 503/JD 503, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Agricultural Law (RE 513/JD 513, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation (RE 524, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Bankruptcy & Insolvency Laws (RE 530/JD 530, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Climate Change Law (RE 511, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Industry (RE 517/JD 517, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Common Interest Communities Including Condominiums (RE 533/JD 533, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Construction Law (RE 456/JD 456, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Energy Law (RE 509/JD 509, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Fair Housing & Fair Lending Law (RE 499, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Historic Preservation Law (RE 531/JD 531, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Insurance Issues & the Law (RE 528/JD 528, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: International Law (RE 489/JD 489, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Land Use Control & Zoning (RE 452/JD 452, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Natural Resources Law (RE 420/JD 420, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Public Finance (RE 458/JD 458, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Sustainability in Modern Real Estate Transactions (RE 506, 2 Credits)
- Special Topics in Real Estate & Sustainability Law (RE 594, 1-2 Credits)
*Candidates are required to take both of these components to enroll in the Fair Housing Clinic.
Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.