Prior to graduation, students must take at least one course in each of the following areas:

Code requirement

Code Course

Skills/Experiential requirement

Skills/Experiential Course

Administrative requirement

Administrative Course

Writing requirement

Writing Course

Real Estate and Estate Planning Law

Real estate law includes all legal issues related to real property. Some lawyers practice real estate law exclusively, while others engage in real estate law in combination with estate planning, tax, environmental, or commercial law.

Real estate lawyers can be solo practitioners or work in law firms of any size. Real estate lawyers also work for large companies with extensive commercial land holdings. Title insurance and mortgage companies, as well as banks, employ real estate attorneys.

Some real estate attorneys work for local, state or the federal government, specializing in urban planning and land use, eminent domain, or environmental law.

While some attorneys combine real estate with estate planning, others practice estate planning alone. These attorneys help clients arrange their financial affairs in anticipation of death or incapacity. Wills, living trusts, and charitable trusts help ensure that assets will be distributed as intended, and with minimized tax consequences. Lawyers engaged in estate planning often work closely with clients over long periods of time, and develop close relationships.


Core/Foundational Courses

Recommended Courses

Experiential Courses and Seminars



  • Affordable Housing and Community Development Writing Competition
  • Forum on the Construction Industry Writing Competition
  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Student Writing Contest
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition

Full-Time Faculty Focusing on this Pathway



Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Association