MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law
Our MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law program builds upon your knowledge and/or experience in the commercial real estate industry. It provides a context in which transactions are done and an ability to assess the legal risks in those transactions.
After completing 6 credits of introductory courses, non-attorney MJ degree candidates pursing the MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law take all other courses with attorney LLM and JD candidates. All required courses and most electives are offered online, so you can earn your MJ degree at your own pace, on your own schdule
Our Real Estate Law curriculum, developed with input from our Real Estate Law Advisory Board and the faculty, takes a transactional approach to legal education. Courses are taught by full-time professors, who are recognized experts in areas of commercial real estate law, and practicing adjunct faculty. This offers you the unique opportunity to learn about real estate law in the context of the real estate industry and to learn the business objectives and concerns of your clients. You'll graduate equipped with the skills you need to assess and evaluate legal risks and to be able to ask the right questions.
Degree candidates can earn our MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law entirely online through UIC John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.
Candidates pursuing the MJ Concentration in Real Estate Law must complete 30 credits of coursework. In addition to the required courses, candidates will select real estate elective courses to complete their MJ degree. No thesis is required for graduation. Classes are offered online to offer further scheduling flexibility.
To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full time or part time. Most of our degree candidates complete the program within two years. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.
Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.
Note: We are currently in the process of converting JMLS course numbers to new UIC course numbers. Students registering for Summer 2020 may need to use the Registrar’s course conversion table to find the JMLS course number for summer registration. When using the table, you can use the UIC course number listed on this page to find the correlating JMLS course number needed for registration. For fall 2020, students will register using the UIC course number.
Required Introductory Courses
Taken in a cohort group in a fall semester
- Introduction to Legal Analysis (MJ 401, 1 Credits)
- Substantive Law Overview (MJ 402, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate Transactions (RE 439, 3 Credits)*
*Real Estate Transactions can be taken separately and does not need to be taken with the other two introductory courses; however, this course must be taken before other required and elective MJ real estate courses.
Required MJ Courses
- Real Estate: Commercial Transactions (RE 440, 2 Credits)†
- Real Estate: Drafting & Negotiations Skills Workshop (RE 459, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Finance (RE 526, 2 Credits)†
†Candidates are required to take one of these courses.
MJ Elective Courses
- Administrative Law (RE 498, 3 Credits)
- Clinic: Fair Housing Advanced (RE 547/TADR 547, 1-3 Credits)
- Clinic: Fair Housing Class (RE 539/JD 539, 2 Credits)‡
- Clinic: Fair Housing Clinic (RE 541/JD 541, 3 Credits)‡
- Independent Study in Real Estate Law (RE 596, 1-3 Credits)
- Real Estate Litigation (RE 497/JD 497, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Affordable Housing (RE 503/JD 503, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Agricultural Law (RE 513/JD 513, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration & Mediation (RE 524, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Bankruptcy & Insolvency Laws (RE 530/JD 530, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Climate Change Law (RE 511, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Commercial Leasing (RE 521/JD 521, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Industry (RE 517/JD 517, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Common Interest Communities Including Condominiums (RE 533/JD 533, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Construction Law (RE 456/JD 456, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Energy Law (RE 509/JD 509, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Environmental Controls & Concerns (RE 426/JD 426, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Fair Housing & Fair Lending Law (RE 499, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Federal Income Tax Aspects (RE 535/JD 535, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Historic Preservation Law (RE 531/JD 531, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Insurance Issues & the Law (RE 528/JD 528, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: International Law (RE 489/JD 489, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Land Use Control & Zoning (RE 452/JD 452, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Natural Resources Law (RE 420/JD 420, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Public Finance (RE 458/JD 458, 2 Credits)
- Real Estate: Sustainability in Modern Real Estate Transactions (RE 506, 2 Credits)
- Special Topics in Real Estate & Sustainability Law (RE 594, 1-2 Credits)
‡Candidates are required to take both of these components to enroll in the Fair Housing Clinic.
Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.