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 teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, International Real Estate, Conservation Law and Policy Clinic, and Real Estate: Transactional Skills. Prior to coming to New York Law School in 2008, he was Dean of Case Western Preserve University School of Law.

Professor Korngold 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, 2016); co-author of two casebooks, Real Estate Transactions: Cases and Materials on Land Transfer, Development, and Finance (Foundation Press, 2015) and Cases and Text on Property (Aspen Publishers, 2015); 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.