Real Estate Law

Stately manor houses and ancient castles, suburban homes, downtown skyscrapers, shopping malls, oil and gas leases, farms, and ranches — real estate law comprises all these things. In the past, land was the foundation of wealth in both England and America; today, real property is still one of the most important capital assets in the American economy. Most, if not all, real property law is state-specific, as real estate — unlike other forms of wealth — is neither a movable nor a liquid asset. As a real estate lawyer, you will represent landowners, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders, oil and gas producers, environmental groups, and other players in this exciting field of law.

Core Courses

Here is a list of courses every aspiring real estate lawyer should take:

  • Business Associations I
  • Marital Property
  • Oil & Gas
  • Property
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Texas Real Property
  • Wills & Estates

Recommended Courses

Here is a list of recommended courses related to real estate law. You should choose the courses that interest you or will further your career objectives.

  • Advanced Topics in Property Seminar
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Land Use
  • LARW III: Real Estate Drafting
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Oil, Gas & Natural Resources Seminar
  • Trusts and Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Water Law

Related Courses

You should consider taking one or more of the following courses, which may be useful in the practice of real estate law:

  • Accounting for Lawyers (recommended for students who have not taken college-level accounting)
  • ADR Survey: Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
  • Agency & Partnership
  • Bankruptcy
  • Energy Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice Practicum
  • Taxation of Business Entities