Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAWS 946 Real Property Practice Seminar



Course Description

In the Real Estate Practicum, selected students are placed with real estate practice and real estate practitioners and are required to commit 10 hours per week (two sessions of 5 hours). Externships 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 right before spring break. 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, surveyors). As indicated on the List of Pairings, two team placements are in Springfield; two are in Connecticut (Windsor Locks and Hartford); one is split between Springfield and Hartford. Students enrolled in LAWS947 must also concurrently enroll in LAWS 946, a two-credit seminar, with their semester of fieldwork. Prerequisites: Students must have taken 2 or more of the following 6 courses: Land Finance and Transfer, Conveyancing, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Development, Land Use Planning, and Landlord-Tenant. A student must successfully complete 28 hours of law studies before enrollment in a clinic. A student may not simultaneously enroll in more than one clinic, more than one externship, or a clinic and an externship. (This course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits.)