The Center for Real Estate Law

Gain Practical Experience with Real Estate Externships

The Center’s externships are designed to enable students to gain firsthand experience in a transactional real estate practice or in a sustainability practice under the supervision of an experienced attorney. The Center places students with law firms, law departments, not-for-profits, and government agencies. For these externships, students will undertake 120 hours of supervised on-site work over a period of 6 to 8 weeks, participate in a classroom component provided by the Center for Real Estate Law, keep a journal of their experiences, and complete a short reflections paper.

Real Estate Transactions Externship (RE 620/JD 620, 2 Credits)
Prerequisites: Completion of Real Estate Transactions JD 243 , plus one of the following cross-listed elective courses: Commercial Real Estate Transactions (RE 602/JD 602) or Real Estate Finance (RE 607/JD 607) or Leasing Ownership & Management (RE 605/JD 605). Federal Income Taxation JD 135 or Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate RE 603 is recommended. These prerequisites provide students with the basic substantive knowledge and transactional skills needed to be ready for this externship.

Eligibility: JD students are eligible for this externship after they have completed the prerequisites.

Sustainability Externship (RE 623/JD 623, 2 Credits)
Prerequisites: Completion of Real Estate Transactions (JD 243) and one of the following required courses: Energy Law (RE 624/JD 624), Environmental Controls Affecting Real Estate (RE 609/JD 609), Environmental Law (JD 260), or Natural Resources Law (RE 621/JD 111). This externship is a practice oriented elective for the JD Certificate in Sustainability.

Eligibility: JD students are eligible for this externship, which is a practice-oriented elective for the JD Certificate in Sustainability, after they have completed the prerequisites.

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Unpaid Legal Externships

Periodically the Center learns of opportunities for students to do unpaid, legal externships with give students an opportunity to acquire skills while in a setting where attorneys work on real estate transactions, issues and real estate litigation including cases involving property issues and title insurance claims. Externs generally are expected to work 5 to 15 hours per week on a flexible schedule to insure that students do not miss class. Interested students should contact the Center if they interested in doing such an externship.

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