The Center for Real Estate Law

MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law

Our MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law program builds upon your knowledge and/or experience in the commercial real estate industry. It provides a context in which transactions are done and an ability to assess the legal risks in those transactions.

After completing 6 credits of introductory courses, non-attorney MJ degree candidates pursing the MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law take all other courses with attorney LLM and JD candidates. All required courses and most electives are offered online, so you can earn your MJ degree at your own pace, on your own schdule

Our Real Estate Law curriculum, developed with input from our Real Estate Law Advisory Board and the faculty, takes a transactional approach to legal education. Courses are taught by full-time professors, who are recognized experts in areas of commercial real estate law, and practicing adjunct faculty. This offers you the unique opportunity to learn about real estate law in the context of the real estate industry and to learn the business objectives and concerns of your clients. You'll graduate equipped with the skills you need to assess and evaluate legal risks and to be able to ask the right questions.

Degree candidates can earn our MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law entirely online through John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.


Candidates pursuing the MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law must complete 30 credits of coursework. In addition to the required courses, candidates will select real estate elective courses to complete their MJ degree. No thesis is required for graduation.

Classes are offered online to offer further scheduling flexibility. Part-time MJ candidates often complete the degree in 2 years, but have 5 years in which to complete the program requirements.

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. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Proposed Schedule

This proposed schedule is based on a two-year degree track.

Year One, Fall
Introduction to Legal Analysis (1 Credit)
Substantive Law Overview (2)
Real Estate Transactions (3)
Year One, Spring
Commercial Real Estate Transactions (2)
Real Estate Elective (7)
Year Two, Fall
Real Estate Electives (8)
Year Two, Spring
Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (2)
Real Estate Electives (6)


Required Introductory Courses

Taken in a cohort group in a fall semester

*Real Estate Transactions can be taken separately and does not need to be taken with the other two introductory courses; however, this course must be taken before other required and elective MJ real estate courses.

Required MJ Courses

†Candidates are required to take one of these courses.

MJ Elective Courses

‡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.