Advanced Real Estate Training for Lawyers — in the Heart of New York City or Online
Offering the degree of LL.M. in Real Estate to U.S. and foreign lawyers on a full- and part-time basis. Applications are currently being accepted for fall, spring, and summer semesters, for both on-campus and online LL.M. programs. Foreign lawyers interested in qualifying to sit for the New York bar exam should consider the LL.M. in American Business Law. To learn more, visit our page here.
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About The Graduate Real Estate Program
The Graduate Real Estate Program provides LL.M. candidates with a thorough grounding in the law, business, and regulation of real estate transactions, finance, and development. Through a comprehensive program of study, students develop a rich understanding of the financial, business, legal, and policy concerns that are an inseparable part of sophisticated real estate practice. The LL.M. program begins with a rigorous core curriculum that ensures a comprehensive foundation in real estate law and business, including deal structuring, economic and financial analysis, negotiation, and drafting skills, and continues with a broad array of advanced offerings that permit candidates to examine fields of particular interest in depth.
Advance Your Skills . . . and Your Career
The Real Estate LL.M. program can advance a legal career at almost any stage—providing the training and knowledge new lawyers need to find an exciting first position or build a successful and rewarding practice, or enabling experienced attorneys to expand their expertise and client base, taking their practices to the next level. The interdisciplinary nature of the program also makes it ideal for lawyers who are considering branching out into the business side of the real estate industry.
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Concentrations in Transactional Practice; Public Policy; and Development
LL.M. students may elect one of three concentrations: Transactional Practice; Public Policy and Regulation; and Real Estate Development. Each of the concentrations begin with the Core Curriculum, but they have differing upper-level requirements tailored to different career objectives. The Transactional Practice concentration focuses on structuring, evaluating, negotiating, and documenting a wide range of real estate-related transactions. The Public Policy and Regulation concentration emphasizes public regulation of land use and real property development, including administrative law and procedures, environmental issues, zoning and land use regulation, and public dispute resolution. The Real Estate Development concentration integrates finance, construction, land use, and related topics. In each case, the program emphasizes close interaction with leading figures in the New York bar, who provide individualized feedback on student projects. Each program also offers opportunities for placements at private firms (legal and business) and public offices dealing with real estate issues.
Individualized Attention and Support
Students come to the Graduate Real Estate Program with different levels of preparation and different professional backgrounds and career goals. In order to enable students to reach those goals, each is assigned to a faculty advisor who will help him or her develop an individualized course of study and career plan, whether on-campus on online. The full resources of the Law School are available to all LL.M. candidates, including the Office of Career Planning, the staff and collections of the Mendik Law Library, and our state-of-the-art electronic research resources (many available from off-campus).
Real Estate at NYLS
New York Law School has a presence in the real estate field that few, if any, other law schools can match. At many schools, real estate (and commercial law in general) seems almost an afterthought, with the faculty and curriculum heavily focused on litigation. New York Law School has demonstrated a commitment to teaching real estate at the highest level, as evidenced by the extraordinary depth and prominence of the faculty, the work of the Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES), and the Graduate Real Estate program. This commitment to real estate is supported by a number of other important resources unique to the Law School, including the Center for New York City Law, which builds important bridges to the city’s government and real estate development communities; the Center for Business and Financial Law; and the School’s advanced tax curriculum. In addition, the School’s location in the real estate capital of the world provides students with incredible opportunities for hands-on experience in the field.