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Real Estate Law

A Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Real Estate Law provides students with a solid foundation in real estate law, as well as in key areas such as real estate finance, residential and commercial leasing, land use, and affordable housing, as well as various areas such as environmental law, corporate law, tax, and related legal fields. The 24-credit program can be completed in as few as two semesters, although students can also choose to take the Master on a part-time basis. The program is intended for attorneys looking to deepen their understanding of real estate law or to open up new career opportunities in real estate.

Classes include Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Drafting, Commercial Finance-Secured Transactions, Affordable Housing Law Practice & Policy, the Community Economic Development Clinic, Cooperatives and Condominiums, Environmental Law, Land Use Law, Land Use and Real Estate Development Skills, the Law of the City of New York, and many others. International students will also take courses to acclimate them with the U.S. legal system and practice.

Credit Hours

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 30.

Full-time students take 10-15 credits per semester (11-13 recommended); part-time students take 2-9 credits per semester and must complete the program within 24 months of starting. Up to 4 credits may be taken during summer terms.

Program-Specific Required Courses

The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Real Estate program.

The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following core courses:

  • Real Estate Finance (2 credits)
  • Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)

Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the Real Estate program (courses designated 'RE' on the class schedule available on the Registrar's website).

Examples include:

  • Affordable Housing, Law Practice & Policy
  • Commercial Finance-Secured Transactions
  • Community Economic Development Clinic
  • Cooperatives and Condominiums
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Land Use and Real Estate Development Skills
  • Law of the City of New York
  • Partnership and Limited Liability Company Law
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Public Finance Law and Practice
  • Real Estate Drafting
  • Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
  • State and Local Government

Additional Required Courses

All LL.M. students are required to complete the following course:

  • Quantitative Methods for Graduate Students (required in first semester of study)*

All LL.M. students who do not hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school are additionally required to take the following courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Process (required in first semester of study)**
  • Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students (required in first semester of study)**
  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession***+
  • At least 6 credits of Content Outline courses***
  • Fundamental Lawyering Skills for LLM Students****
  • 2 credits of experiential coursework****

Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Process and Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students during their first semester of study in the LLM program.

* Students who completed a similar course in their prior studies, or who have significant business, tax, or other experience that provides them with sufficient knowledge of this topic may seek a waiver by submitting the Request for Waiver from LL.M./M.S.L. Program Requirement​s​ form. Late registrants who are unable to register due to enrollment limits must take this course in their second semester of study.

**Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek waivers from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Process and/or Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students by submitting the online Request for Waiver from LL.M./M.S.L. Program Requirement​s​ form.  However they are not encouraged to do so as these courses provide a fundamental base of knowledge and skills that are extremely useful for attorneys in the U.S. and that will be useful for all other U.S. law school classes. 

*** Students who are admitted to the New York bar or who do not intend to sit for the New York bar may seek a waiver from Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and/or the Content Outline course requirement by submitting the online Request for Waiver from LL.M./M.S.L. Program Requirement​s​ form.

**** These courses are required for students following "Pathway 1" of the New York Court of Appeals §520.18 Skills Competency Requirement for Admission (These requirements do not apply to students who began their studies prior to Fall 2018, and can be waived for the following students who begin their studies in fall 2018 or later: (1) Students who are already admitted to the New York bar (or who do not plan to sit for the New York bar examination); (2) Those who are authorized to practice law in another U.S. jurisdiction or any other country outside of the U.S. and can establish that that they have been in good standing and practiced law in that jurisdiction full-time for at least one year (or half-time for two years).

+In lieu of Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and Process, students may substitute a three-credit Professional Responsibility course, including those courses that are focused on a particular area of practice.

+In lieu of Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and Process, students may substitute a three-credit Professional Responsibility course, including those courses that are focused on a particular area of practice.

Elective Courses

Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LLM students, as indicated on the course schedule available on the Registrar's website. For most classes that are closed to LLMs, students may be admitted on a space available basis by submitting the Request to Enroll in a Closed Course form.

A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part Time Students

The LLM program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses available in the evening in each of our LLM areas of specialization, and to ensure that students will be able to meet their program requirements within their desired time frame for completion. However, it would be impossible to ensure that any specific course will be offered at a time that is convenient to all students. We encourage you to look at the schedules from past semesters, available on the registrar's website, to get a sense of what courses may be offered in the future (noting, of course, that the schedule varies from one semester to the next). Should you find at any time that you are having trouble meeting your program requirements within your desired time frame, you should contact Anthony Agolia at aagolia@law.fordham.edu to discuss options.