Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 996 Real Estate Practicum and Seminar



Course Description

In the Real Estate Practicum, selected students are placed with real estate practice and title companies. Placements are done as a member of a two-person team. One member of the team is initially placed with a real estate attorney specializing in residential real estate, the other with an attorney at a title insurance company. Each team member works for six weeks with one attorney or the other and then switches in the middle of the semester. In both placements, students work on a variety of title, closing, contract and related problems and will observe the operation of a law office and the interaction with clients, staff and other real estate professionals (brokers, lenders, appraisers, and surveyors. In addition to the field placement, students attend a regularly scheduled weekly seminar meeting. The seminar will have required readings and discussions frequently featuring presentations by experts in different aspects of real estate transactions. Prior to the beginning of the semester, students are required to complete two three-hour MCLE online programs that deal with residential closings and title searches. Prerequisites: Unless otherwise coordinated with the Professor due to limited offerings, students must have completed two of the following four courses: Conveyancing, Real Estate Financing, Real Estate Development or Land Use Planning. A student must successfully complete 28 hours of law studies before enrollment in a clinic. Students will be selected through the clinic application process. This clinic is a Restricted Withdrawal Course. See Academic Standard Section 204 and the Clinic and Externship materials for the applicable time restrictions and policies. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. This satisfies 4 experiential learning credits.