Real Estate & Property Law

The study of Real Estate and Property Law includes the study of the law governing the development cycle, including land use, community development, construction, leasing, and sales of real property. The financing of real property and improvements is particularly important, including lending secured by real property (whether for construction or as permanent financing), the remedies available to secured lenders with real estate as collateral, consumer protection in real estate finance, the bankruptcy of owners or users of real property, and the secondary market for real estate debt. The structure of equity investment in both the private and public capital markets and the tax implications of owning, operating, and financing real property are likewise significant. The regulation of the uses of real property and particularly of the environment is a key element of the field, as is housing policy. Students planning to practice as real estate lawyers should consider a wide variety of courses touching on many aspects of business, local government, and environmental law as well as courses focusing specifically on real estate.


An analysis of property as a social institution and particularly of the dynamics of the system for recognizing and protecting competing claims to resources. Major problem areas to be studied include...

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S. Rose

The course will survey several important areas related to the federal income taxation of property transactions. Emphasis will be on federal income tax treatment of sales and other dispositions of...

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G. Nelson

This is a concentrated study of the law governing the financing of land transactions from both a national and California perspective. Coverage includes the California deed of trust, installment land...

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D. Bussel K. Klee

This course examines the United States Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Areas of emphasis are: financing, operating and administering debtors’ estates; treatment of...

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J. Zasloff

In this course, we will study the legal regulation of the urban environment. Developers, environmentalists, homeowners, interest groups and other political actors are constrained and empowered by a...

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A. Carlson S. Hecht E. Parson

The course on administrative law would be helpful, but it is not a prerequisite.This introductory course will focus on the variety of legal mechanisms that regulate the environment including common...

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S. Hecht

This course examines the laws that address the legal status and management of public lands and natural resources, as well as the history, theory and legal authority that have shaped our country’s...

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T. Muller

The Advanced Real Estate Transactions course examines the principal business and legal issues arising in each phase of typical real estate investment and development transactions. The course starts...

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P. Habibi

The objective of this course is to provide students with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to analyze a wide variety of real estate investments in the context of their legal careers. ...

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P. Habibi / M. Kahn P. Habibi / B. Weiss / M. Kahn

The objective of this course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of social entrepreneurship and the manner in which it can be applied to real estate. We will examine the ways in...

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R. Sander R. Sander / J. Zasloff

This course will examine the past forty years of federal and state programs to stem urban decline and improve housing in the U.S. The course will compare and contrast a variety of legal and policy...

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J. Hilson

From the client's initial call requesting a confidentiality agreement and term sheet, through the due diligence process and the preparation and negotiation of a commitment letter, up to the...

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P. Habibi

The objective of this course is to provide students with the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to analyze a wide variety of real estate investments in the context of their legal careers. ...

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