The Center for Real Estate Law
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 use 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.
LLM in Real Estate Law candidates must complete 24 credits to earn their degree. In addition to 14 credits of required course work, candidates will select elective courses to focus their degree. Certain Center degree candidates will also participate in the Real Estate Legal Practicum. Through the practicum, 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 those who practice while earning their LLM. Full-time LLM candidates may earn their degree in an academic year. Part-time LLM candidates often complete the degree in 2-3 years, but have 5 years in which to complete the program requirements.
|Commercial Real Estate Transactions (3 Credits)|
|Real Estate Finance (3)|
|Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate (2)*|
|Real Estate Law Electives (4)|
|Environmental Controls & Concerns Affecting Real Estate (2)|
|Leasing, Ownership, & Management (2)|
|Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (2)|
|Real Estate Law Electives (6)|
*Candidates who have not taken a course in federal income taxation must take Introduction to Federal Income Tax before taking this course.
This proposed schedule is based on a one-year degree track. LLM in Real Estate Law candidates must complete their degree within five years.
- » Commercial Real Estate Transactions (RE 602/JD 602, 3 Credits)
- » Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (RE 608, 2 Credits)
- » Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate (RE 603, 2 Credits)
- » Real Estate Finance (RE 607/JD 607, 3 Credits)
- » Environmental Controls & Concerns Affecting Real Estate (RE 609/JD 609, 2 Credits)
- » Leasing, Ownership & Management (RE 605/JD 605, 2 Credits)
- » Affordable Housing (RE 610, 2 Credits)
- » Alternative Means of Dispute Resolution (RE 611, 2 Credits)
- » Bankruptcy & Insolvency Laws Affecting Real Estate (RE 601, 2 Credits)
- » Condominium, Cooperative, & Other Common Ownership Interest Communities (RE 617, 2 Credits)
- » Construction Law (RE 612, 2 Credits)
- » Energy Law (RE 624/JD 624, 2 Credits)
- » Fair Housing Clinic (JD 222/RE 622, 2 credits)
- » Fair Housing/Fair Lending Law (JD 133/RE 633, 2 Credits)
- » Historic Preservation Law (RE 632/JD 132, 2 Credits)
- » Independent Research (RE 698, 2 Credits)
- » Insurance Aspects of Real Estate Transactions (RE 616/JD 616, 2 Credits)
- » International Aspects of Real Estate (RE 615, 2 Credits)
- » Land Use Control & Zoning (RE 604/JD 604, 2 Credits)
- » Natural Resources Law (RE 621/JD 111, 2 Credits)
- » Public Finance (RE 614/JD 614, 2 Credits)
- » Real Estate Industry (RE 619/JD 619, 2 Credits)
- » Real Estate Legal Practicum (RE 620/JD 620, 2 Credits)
- » Real Estate Litigation (RE 613, 2 Credits)
- » Securitization of Real Estate (RE 606, 2 Credits)
- » Seminar on Selected Topics in Commercial Real Estate Finance & Development (RE 618, 2 Credits)
- » Seminar on Selected Topics in Local Government Law & Policy (RE 627, 1 Credit)
- » Seminar on Selected Topics in Sustainability (RE 626, 1-2 Credits)
- » Sustainability Externship (RE 623/JD 623, 2 credits)
- » Sustainability in Modern Real Estate Transactions (RE 625, 2 Credits)
Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.