Associates Program

CRES Associates Program:
“A Professional Pathway in Real Estate”

The Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) launched the CRES Associates Program in 2008 for students who would like to focus their studies in real estate law and become affiliated with the Center for Real Estate Studies.

Click here to download a PDF of the CRES Associates Program Description.

Information Sessions

CRES will host information sessions about the Associates Program and real estate course offerings during the 2013/14 academic year.  Please check back for exact dates and locations.

In addition to the group information session, students interested in learning more about the Center and the Associates Program can schedule an individual meeting with Center Director Professor Andrew Berman at any time. Please contact each of them directly to schedule your meeting.

Application for CRES Associates Program

Click here to download the CRES Associates Program Application.

NOTE: The Center now accepts applications on a rolling-basis.

CRES Associates Program Description

Background

CRES Associates will have the unique educational opportunity to examine a broad array of real estate issues in the private markets and in the public sector through an extensive selection of classroom courses, advanced seminars and independent
study projects, externships in governmental offices and real estate firms, as well as, other opportunities to participate in and attend lectures, symposia and CLE programs.  Each CRES Associate will be required to complete a major project during their 3rd year (or 4th
year for evening students). The required 3rd year projects are discussed in detail below.

In completing the CRES Associates Program, you will:

  • Develop a coherent approach to your studies in real estate;
  • Obtain a deep understanding of the private practice and public regulation of real estate law;
  • Network with real estate practitioners and build professional contacts; and
  • Gain valuable skills in researching and writing about real estate law and drafting transactional documents.
  • Receive a notation on your transcript that you have successfully completed the requirements of the CRES Program (pending NYLS faculty approval)
  • Obtain the background and experience for an accelerated LL.M. in RealEstate, with credits from the Associates Program applied toward the LL.M. degree. Students interested in this option should discuss their goalsand academic planning with Professor Tracht.

Eligibility

The CRES Associates Program is separate and distinct from the CRES Harlan Scholars Program.  All 1L and 2L students (Harlans and non-Harlans alike) are invited to apply to become CRES Associates. We also welcome Evening students to apply.  If any of the required courses are not offered in the evening schedule, please contact Professor Berman to make alternate arrangements.

Curricular Requirements

In addition to first-year Property (4 credits in the Spring of the 1st year for Day students or 4 credits in the third term for Evening students), CRES Associates are required to complete the following courses:

  1. Basic Gateway Course to the Study of Real Estate: Real EstateTransactions & Finance. This 3-credit upper-class elective provides thefoundation for the further study of real estate and land use related topicsand is a co- or pre-requisite for many other upper-level electives (2nd year,Fall or Spring) [3 credits];
  2. Advanced Doctrinal Courses: A minimum of 3 courses in upper-class electives dealing primarily with real estate, environmental law, real estate finance, the public regulation of real estate, urban affairs or other courses as approved by Professor Berman [see Exhibit A for the list of approved courses] (2nd or 3rd year) [6-9 credits];
  3. Core Courses in Related Fields: Any three (3) of the following upper-level courses: Commercial Law (3 credits); Corporations (4 credits); Wills, Trusts & Future Interests (4 credits); Federal Income Tax: Individual (4 credits); Secured Transactions (3 credits); Bankruptcy (3 credits); OR Securities Regulation (3 credits) (2nd or 3rd year) [9-12 credits];
  4. Skills Course: At least one course that focuses on drafting, negotiation, interviewing and/or other related
    transactional skills [see Exhibit B for the list of approved courses] (2nd or 3rd year) [2 credits].

Participation in Master Classes, Symposia & Other Social Events

CRES Associates are required to attend and to assist at all Breakfast Forums, Master Classes, symposia, public lectures and other special events hosted by the Center for Real Estate Studies. Students with scheduling conflicts should notify the Center’s Associate
Director prior to the event.

Required Individual Meetings with the Associate Director

CRES Associates are required to set up a meeting with the CRES Associate Director prior to course selection for the upcoming academic year.

This is a brief meeting where each associate is given individual time to meet with the Center’s Associate Director and ask academic advice, as well as confirm that they are working toward meeting all CRES-related curriculum requirements.

Sample Programs

Focus: Transactional Practice in Real Estate
The following is a sample program (25 credits excluding the required course, Property) for a student interested in a transactional real estate practice in order to comply with the curricula requirements for the CRES Associates program:

  • 1st Year: Property (4 credits, Spring) [Required NYLS course]
  • 2nd Year: Real Estate Transactions & Finance (3 credits, Fall) [Gateway Course] Corporations (4 credits, Fall) [Core Course in Related Field] Secured Transactions (3 credits, Fall) [Core Course in Related Field] Real Estate: Transactional Skills (2 credits, Spring) [Skills Course] Workouts, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy (3 credits, Spring) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses] Corporate Real Estate (2 credits, Spring) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses]
  • 3rd Year:Federal Income Tax (4 credits, Fall) [Core Course in Related Field] International Real Estate (2 credits, Fall) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses] Ethical Issues in Transactional Practice (2 credits, Spring) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses]

Focus: Public Policy and Regulation of Real Estate
The following is a sample program (28 credits excluding the required course, Property) for a student interested in the public regulation of real estate in order to comply with the curricula requirements for the CRES program:

  • 1st Year: Property (4 credits, Spring) [Required NYLS course]
  • 2nd Year: Real Estate Transactions & Finance (3 credits, Fall) [Gateway Course] Corporations (4 credits, Fall) [Core Course in Related Field] Land Use (3 credits, Fall) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses];  Wills, Trusts & Future Interests (4 credits, Spring) [Core Course in Related Field]
  • 3rd Year: Externship with a not-for-profit or governmental agency and co-requisite Real Estate Externship Seminar (3 credits total for Fall) [Skills Course]; Federal Income Tax (4 credits, Fall) [Core Course in Related Field]; Ethical Issues in Transactional Practice (2 credits, Spring) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses]; NYC Land Use Law (2 credits, Spring) [Advanced Doctrinal Courses]

Exhibit A

CRES Associates Program- Approved Doctrinal Courses

[Note: if any of these courses are not offered in the evening schedule, alternate
arrangements will be made for CRES Associates in the Evening Division.]

Elective Courses Dealing Primarily with Real Estate:

  • Drafting: Real Estate Documents
  • Ethical Issues in Transactional Practice
  • Legal Research: Real Estate
  • Advanced Real Estate Transactions & Finance
  • Advanced Topics
  • Brokerage Law
  • Capital Markets
  • Capstone Course
  • Commercial Leasing Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Co-ops & Condos Law
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Externship Placement & Seminar
  • Financial & Economic Analysis of Real Estate (Permission req’d for JDs.)
  • Ground Leasing Law & Practice
  • International Real Estate
  • Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Shopping Center Leases – Law & Practice
  • Title Insurance, Law of
  • Real Estate Transactional Skills
  • Real Estate Transactions & Finance
  • Real Estate Transactions in a Global Marketplace (London Summer Abroad)
  • Tax Issues in Real Estate Transactions
  • Valuations & Appraisals
  • Workouts, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy

Elective Courses Dealing Primarily with Environmental Law and Real Estate:

  • Environmental Law & Policy
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Climate Change Issues in Real Estate & Business Transactions
  • Conservation Law & Policy
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate & Business Transactions
  • Preservation Law
  • Sustainable Development, Law of

Elective Courses Dealing Primarily with Issues of Significance to Public Policy, the Regulation of Real Estate and/or Urban Areas

  • NYC Land Use Law
  • NYC Law Seminar
  • Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Land Use Regulation
  • Public/Private Joint Ventures
  • Real Estate Development
  • Role of the Governmental Attorney

Exhibit B

CRES Associates Program- Approved Skills Courses

[Note: if any of these courses are not offered in the evening schedule, alternate
arrangements will be made for CRES Associates in the Evening Division.]

  • Real Estate: Transactional Skills**
  • Drafting: Real Estate Documents
  • Drafting: Contracts
  • Any Project-Based Learning Course taught by a member of the Real Estate Faculty
  • Real Estate Externship Placement and co-requisite Real Estate Externship Seminar (2 credit externship plus 1 credit seminar)
  • Independent Study focused on some aspect of real estate law (Preference for interested Evening Division students.)

**With the Director’s approval, any other upper-level that involves substantial experience with negotiation, counseling, interviewing, drafting or other related skills.