The Center for Real Estate Law

MJ in Real Estate Law

Our MJ 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 six credits of introductory courses, non-attorney MJ candidates take all other courses with attorney LLM and JD candidates. All required courses and most electives are offered online, so you can earn your degree at your own pace, on your own schdule

Our MJ 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 in Real Estate Law entirely online through John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.


MJ in Real Estate Law candidates must complete 24 credits of coursework. In addition to 13 credits of required course work, candidates will select elective courses to focus their 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.

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Proposed Schedule

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

Year One, Fall
Introduction to American Law (2 Credits)
Introduction to Basic Real Estate Law & Practice (2)
Introduction to Legal Materials & Analysis (2)
Year One, Spring
Commercial Real Estate Transactions (2)
Real Estate Elective (3)
Year Two, Fall
Real Estate Electives (6)
Year Two, Spring
Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (2)
Real Estate Electives (4)


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.