The Center for Real Estate Law

A Message from Director Celeste M. Hammond

Professor Celeste M. Hammond

As one of John Marshall's Centers of Excellence, the Center for Real Estate Law has worked to make sure that its programs and courses are on the cutting edge of commercial real estate development.

Our LLM in Real Estate Law is the only such program in the Midwest, and we benefit from our location in downtown Chicago, where numerous national law firms and nationally recognized real estate attorneys practice. Our degree candidates benefit from the willingness of these attorneys to become members of the adjunct faculty and the Real Estate Law Advisory Board.

The LLM program began in 1995, and our first graduates were conferred in 1996. The program attracts students from the Chicago area and from across the country. Our students include:

Our LLM in Real Estate graduates are practicing commercial real estate law with law firms, corporate law departments, title insurers, and government agencies throughout the country. A number of LLM graduates have moved over to the business side of the real estate industry and are now developers and project managers.

In 2005, The Center established the MJ in Real Estate Law program for experienced non-attorney real estate professionals. There industry professionals understand the real estate business but have reached a point in their careers where having knowledge of the legal issues will help them to better assess and evaluate the risks inherent in every transaction.

The Center also has joint JD/LLM in Real Estate Law and JD Certificate in Sustainability programs open only to John Marshall JD candidates.

I invite prospective students to learn more about both our academic degree programs and Center activities that respond to our mission of producing research on issues of importance to the real estate industry. Our innovative approach has led to the Center's national reputation for excellence.

Professor Celeste M. Hammond
Director, Center for Real Estate Law

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