Miami Law J.D./LL.M. in Real Property Development

J.D./LL.M. in Real Property Development

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The Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in Real Property Development offers students an opportunity to earn both degrees in seven semesters. Students begin to take graduate level real estate courses during their third year, with 12 LL.M. credit hours counting toward both degrees. The Joint J.D./LL.M. option is available to students from the University of Miami School of Law who have earned a minimum GPA of 2.80.

Students who are enrolled at other law schools and wish to apply to the joint J.D./LL.M. Program must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.00. They must also submit a letter from their home school dean confirming that our program credits will be accepted for transfer toward their J.D. degree.

Students seeking admission to the joint degree program should apply no later than the end of the spring semester of their second year of law school. Students may apply earlier than the spring semester of their second year, with acceptance being conditioned upon GPA and other requirements being satisfied.

The following courses are required for the LL.M. degree:

  • Basic Condominium, Cooperative and Planned Unit Development (2 credits)
  • Basic Real Estate Tax (2 credits)
  • Commercial Real Estate Leasing (2 credits)
  • Environmental Regulation of Real Property (1 credit)
  • Financial Analysis of Real Estate Transactions (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Real Estate Development (2 credits)
  • Land Security and Finance (2 credits)
  • Mortgage Law (2 credits)
  • Planning and Zoning (2 credits)
  • Real Estate Documents Workshop (2 credits)
  • Real Estate Project Development Workshop (2 credits)

Students have to complete at least 4 credit hours from among the following electives:

  • Advanced Condominium, Cooperative and Planned Unit Development (2 credits)
  • Construction Law (3 credits)
  • Current Real Estate Finance Issues (1 credit)
  • Distressed Property Workouts (2 credits)
  • Drafting, Design and Construction Documents (1 credit)
  • Housing Law and Policy (1 credit)
  • Internship (1 credit)
  • Law of Green Buildings (1 credit)
  • Negotiation Skills (1 credit)
  • Public-Private Real Estate Initiatives (1 credit)
  • Real Estate Transactions Workshop (2 credits)
  • Real Property and Government (2 credits)
  • Securitization of Real Estate (1 credit)
  • Takings law and Legislation (1 credit)
  • Title Insurance (1 credit)
  • Wetlands (1 credit)

Note: Elective courses are not offered every semester.

For more information

Students interested in this joint degree program should contact Program Coordinator Connie Bowers at 305-284-1754,, or visit the Real Property Development website.


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Sandra Abraham

For joint Master's and Doctoral degrees*, please contact Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives.

Phone: 305-284-4030

* For additional information on joint JD/LLM programs, please see respective program pages for contact information.