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 6–8 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.

 

Externship Opportunities

Externship: Real Estate Transactions (RE 543/JD 543, 2 Credits)

Prerequisites: Completion of Real Estate Transactions Law (JD 439), plus one of the following cross-listed elective courses: Real Estate: Commercial Transactions (RE 440/JD 440) or Real Estate: Finance (RE 526/JD 526) or Real Estate: Commercial Leasing (RE 521/JD 521). Real Estate: Federal Income Tax Aspects of Real Estate (RE 535/JD 535) is recommended. These prerequisites provide students with the basic substantive knowledge and transactional skills needed to be ready for this externship.

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

Externship: Sustainability (RE 545/JD 545, 2 Credits)

Prerequisites: Completion of Real Estate Transactions (JD 439) and one of the following required courses: Real Estate: Energy Law (RE 509/JD 509), Real Estate: Environmental Controls Affecting Real Estate (RE 426/JD 426), Environmental Law (LAW 445), or Real Estate: Natural Resources Law (RE 420/JD 420). This externship is a practice oriented elective for the JD Certificate in Sustainability.

Eligibility: JD and LLM students are eligible for this externship after they have completed the prerequisites. This is a practice-oriented elective for the JD Concentration in Sustainability.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Externships: July 1
  • Spring Externships: December 1

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 5–15 hours per week on a flexible schedule to ensure that students do not miss class. Interested students should contact the Center if they interested in doing such an externship.