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Legal Issues in Real Estate

This course will explore a range of issues affecting the development, financing and management of real estate in the United States. The course will consist of class lecture and discussion, as well draw on a range of guest speakers with direct experience in different areas of real estate law and business. Topics to be studied include: (1) land assembly for development, including the use of emnent domain; (2) tax increment financing and other federal, state and local subsidfies; (3) mortgages, including lender commitments and the current foreclosure crisis; (4) the interplay of partnership, corporate, bankruptcy, and tax law with real estate development; (5) zoning issues, including variances, code amendments and planned unit developments; (6) issues in the interpretation and enmforcement of commerical and non-commercial leases; (7) special statutory and constitutional limits regarding the zoning of religious institutions; (8) conservation easments and historic preservation or landmark designations (9) the effect of environmental laws on real estate development, including due diligence related to hazardous substance contamination; (10) green building regulations and certifications; and (11) incentives and requirements for the development of affordable housing. The grade will be determined on the basis of a group project write-up and presentation and a take-home written examination. There are no prerequisites for the course.


Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 686K
Practice Areas: Property Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Co-listed with KSM


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Legal Issues in Real Estate
Faculty: Dana, David A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 20     Actual: 5



Fall 2011
Title: Law of Real Estate
Faculty: Dana, David A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 15     Actual: 13



Fall 2010
Title: The Law of Real Estate Development and Finance
Faculty: Dana, David A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.5
Capacity: 20     Actual: 19