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Real Estate Law Concentration

Real estate law is often referred to as the bread and butter of the traditional general practice of law, and indeed it is, but with modifications. Conveyancing and title work continues to be a common aspect of real estate work for the general practitioner, but the funding of those transactions requires the practitioner to have a working knowledge of real estate finance and the current issues and pitfalls a client may experience. Regulation of land use and environmental parameters are also of great importance in many real estate transactions and in some transactions, especially those involving commercial real estate, significant issues of taxation and bankruptcy may present themselves. Students completing this concentration will be prepared to engage in a modern real estate practice in all of its varied complexities.

Required Courses

Students must complete the following courses:

Real Estate Finance
Income Tax I
Income Tax II
Land Use Planning or Conveyancing

Note: Student must successfully complete Property as a prerequisite for this concentration. The course credit for Property does not count toward credits required for concentration.


In addition to completing the foundational courses, students are required to take additional coursework sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the Concentration Advisor:

Landlord Tenant
Estate Planning
Real Estate Development
Secured Transactions
Environmental Law
Land Use Planning

Practical Skills Course

In addition to the required foundational and elective coursework, students are required to complete the following practical skills course:

 Real Estate Practicum 

Writing Requirement

Students are required to complete one significant piece of writing in the concentration area. The writing requirement does not require that students earn any credits beyond the foundational and elective course credits described above. However, the topic and the arrangement for fulfilling the writing requirement must be approved in advance by the Concentration Advisor. The paper could be written to fulfill the requirements of a course, an independent study, or a law review note. It may also be possible to fulfill this requirement by writing a paper independently, such as a submission to a writing competition or an article for publication. In all of these arrangements, the prior approval of the Concentration Advisor is required.

Real Estate Concentration Requirement Form

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean,

in consultation with the concentration advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practice Component.

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.