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


Center Leadership

Gerald Korngold is the Program Chair of the Center for Real Estate Studies and a Professor of Law at the Law School.

Gerald Korngold came to the Law School from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was the McCurdy Professor of Law, and also served as Dean from 1997 to 2006. Professor Korngold teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, International Real Estate, Conservation Law and Policy Clinic, and Real Estate: Transactional Skills. He is a faculty member in the Center for Real Estate Studies.

Professor Korngold began his teaching career at New York Law School where he was a faculty member from 1979 to 1987 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1984 to 1986. He has lectured nationally and internationally on land and property law issues and writes and teaches in the fields of property and real estate law. He is the author of Private Land Use Arrangements: Easements, Real Covenants, and Equitable Servitudes (Juris Publishing, 2004); co-author of two casebooks, Real Estate Transactions: Cases and Materials on Land Transfer, Development, and Finance (Foundation Press, 2009) and Cases and Text on Property (Aspen Publishers, 2004); and co-editor of Property Stories (Foundation Press, 2009). Professor Korngold has also published numerous other articles in law reviews and journals. Recent articles are on the subprime and mortgage crisis, homeowners associations, international property issues, and conservation easements. His current research focuses on privatization of public land use regulation, real estate transactions, conservation easements, and other issues. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Founding Director

Andrew R. Berman is currently a real estate partner in the New York office of the national law firm, Akerman LLP.  He has over 25 years of experience representing clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, including commercial retail and office leasing for owners and tenants, complex real estate financings, and the acquisitions and dispositions of major office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and other types of real estate both in New York City and throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining Akerman, Professor Berman was a member of the full-time faculty at New York Law School from 2002 through 2014, and during that time he founded the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School.   Professor Berman will remain affiliated with New York Law School as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, a member of CRES’ Advisory Board, and he will continue to serve as the Director of the Institute for In-House Counsel at New York Law School.

Prior to joining NYLS, Professor Berman was a partner with Sidley Austin’s New York Real Estate Group where he represented clients in all aspects of commercial real estate.  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.