The Center for Real Estate Law
Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice
The Kratovil Conference on Real Estate Law & Practice was established in 1994 to honor the memory of Robert Kratovil, the dean of Chicago's real estate attorneys, who served as Chicago Title's chief underwriter before ending his career as a member of The John Marshall Law School's faculty. The Kratovil Conference has been important to the Center's mission of research and scholarship in the real estate field. The Kratovil brings together leading scholars, practitioners, and industry professionals to consider cutting-edge issues important to commercial real estate attorneys, their clients, and our society.
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Center Programs on Emerging Issues in Commercial Real Estate Law
The Center holds periodic programs on emerging issues in commercial real estate law to educate the practicing bar and real estate professionals. These programs and workshops enable attorneys to earn continuing legal education credit and are often held as breakfast meetings.
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Real Estate Law Student Group Programs
The Real Estate Law Student Group at John Marshall is an umbrella organization with two sub-groups: the Real Estate Law Student Group of Lambda Alpha International and the Real Estate Law Student Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. This student-led group organizes events where leading real estate lawyers and professionals come to John Marshall to discuss topics and careers in commercial real estate law and business. Student leaders work closely with the Center to make this work relevant and important.
The Center organizes periodic excursions in Chicago for real estate degree candidates to tour notable commercial real estate projects. Degree candidates learn about the project from the attorneys and dealmakers. One of our most popular programs, the Site Visit, allows candidates to see commercial real estate in action. The Center has toured impressive sites, such as the Merchandise Mart, the Sullivan Center, the Joffrey Ballet's new State Street location, The Legacy luxury condominium by Mesa Development, and the Chicago Transit Authority's downtown headquarters.
Each semester the Center offers a career program aimed at teaching professional development and networking skills to the Center's students. The programs supplement the one-on-one advising that degree candidates get from the Center and John Marshall's Career Services Office. Whenever possible, career programs are designed to provide strategies for professional development followed by an opportunity for students to practices the new techniques with the Center's alumni, Advisory Board, and adjunct faculty.