Law 445 - Social Entrepreneurship, Housing and Sustainability


Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Paul Habibi / Matthew Kahn Paul Habibi / Brandon Weiss / Matthew Kahn



General Course Description:

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 which real estate investments can achieve double—or even triple—bottom line benefits. The course will begin by familiarizing students with social entrepreneurship principles. Students will learn the characteristics of social entrepreneurs as well as the challenges associated with measuring social benefits. The course will then explore some of the major areas in which real estate investors can make a positive social impact. Our main focus will be housing affordability and real estate environmental sustainability.  These areas include: (1) affordable housing, (2) place-based investments and urban quality of life, (3) public/private partnerships, (4) improving poor housing conditions and reducing homelessness, (5) sustainability and “green” building practices, and (6) transit-oriented development (TOD).

Where appropriate, the course will also examine the role of the attorney in business transactions incorporating principles of social entrepreneurship.  Specific focus will be given to particular areas in which lawyers have played a prominent role in facilitating social investment in real estate, such as with respect to the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.  Classroom activity consists of lectures, business school case studies, in-class problem solving and analysis, guest speakers, and a robust team feasibility study.

Course Information:


​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Paul Habibi / Matthew Kahn 14S 445 LEC 1 R 4:10 PM - 7:00 PM 3.0 No No
  Law 445 is a winter quarter course and meets for 10 weeks starting 1/09 through 3/21/14.



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