About Us

About the Center

The Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) at New York Law School provides students with a unique educational opportunity to study both the private practice and public regulation of real estate.  Through an engaged and accomplished faculty, the Center offers an extensive selection of classroom courses, advanced seminars, and independent study projects, as well as externships and mentorships in governmental offices and real estate firms.  Its programs and curriculum reflect current concerns about ensuring environmental sustainability, creating affordable housing, preserving historical landmarks, safeguarding the financial stability of the residential and commercial mortgage markets, and assessing public costs and social justice issues arising from development.  With its committed Advisory Board, the Center helps students gain practical experience in real estate and build a network for future employment.

Launched in 2007, the Center sponsors conferences, symposia, and continuing legal education programs on a broad spectrum of issues for New York City’s real estate community. Bringing together real estate professionals, policy makers, academics, and the media, the Center fosters an open dialogue around the mortgage and secondary mortgage market, landlord/tenant issues, co-ops and condominium development, financing and management, and intensive development of land resources.  In all of its activities, the Center seeks to bridge the gap between the private practice and academic study of real estate.

Center Leadership

Andrew R. Berman is the Founding Director of the Center for Real Estate Studies and a Professor of Law at the Law School.

Formerly a partner with Sidley Austin’s New York Real Estate Group, Professor Berman spent nearly fifteen years in private practice prior to joining the faculty at New York Law School in 2002.   While at Sidley Austin, Professor Berman represented clients in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, including complex financing transactions such as mezzanine loans, preferred equity, and financings intended for securitization markets.  Professor Berman also has extensive experience in real estate development projects, the sale and acquisition of real property and mortgage loan portfolios, and complex commercial leasing.

A native of New York City, Professor Berman is a 1984 graduate of Princeton University and holds a J.D., cum laude from New York University School of Law.  He joined the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate/real estate associate directly from law school (1988 – 1991), and then moved to Watchell Lipton Rosen & Katz as a real estate associate  (1991 – 1995).  Professor Berman then joined the Real Estate Group at Sidley Austin in 1995, becoming partner in 1998.