Associates Program

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

The Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) launched the CRES Associates Program in 2007 for students who would like to focus their studies in real estate law and become affiliated with the Center for Real Estate Studies.

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Application for CRES Associates Program

Click here to apply to the CRES Associates Program Application.

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

CRES Associates Program Description


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)


The CRES Associates Program and the CRES Harlan Scholars Program are functionally the same.  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 Korngold 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. Real EstateTransactions & Finance. This 3-credit upper-class elective provides the foundation for the further study of real estate and land use related topics and 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 1 course 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 Korngold [see Exhibit A for the list of approved courses] (2nd or 3rd year) [2-4 credits];
  3. 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 prior to the event by sending an email to

Required Individual Meetings with the Associate Director

CRES Associates are required to set up a meeting with the CRES Program Chair or affiliated faculty 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 Program Chair and ask academic advice, as well as confirm that they are working toward meeting all CRES-related curriculum requirements.

 CRES Associates Program- Approved Upper-Level Elective 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
  • Legal Research: Real Estate
  • Capstone Course
  • Commercial Leasing Law
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Co-ops & Condos Law
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Externship Placement & Seminar
  • International Real Estate
  • Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Real Estate Transactional Skills
  • Real Estate Transactions & Finance
  • Workouts, Foreclosure & Bankruptcy

Elective Courses Dealing Primarily with Environmental Law and Real Estate:

  • Environmental Law & Policy
  • Conservation Law & Policy
  • Environmental Issues in Real Estate & Business Transactions
  • Law of Sustainable Development

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

  • NYC Law Seminar
  • Affordable Housing and Community Development
  • Land Use Regulation
  • 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 Experiential Learning Course taught by a member of the Real Estate Faculty
  • Externship Placement at a real estate-focused entity and co-requisite 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 Program Chair’s approval, any other upper-level that involves substantial experience with negotiation, counseling, interviewing, drafting or other related skills.