Candidates for the LL.M. must successfully complete 30 credit hours of required and approved courses with a C+ (2.5) or better average plus one internship. Full-time students may take as many as 16 credits each semester without incurring additional tuition expenses.
Students may elect to take one course per semester on a pass-fail basis. This option must be elected at registration or within two weeks of the first class meeting.
Flexibility in the RPD Program is emphasized, so the director may make adjustments based on an individual student's experience and needs. If the student does not complete the degree requirements within one academic year, they must be completed within three years after matriculation.
For thorough preparation and to reflect the issues most relevant to practitioners, the program is organized into 4 components: Regular and concentrated courses, internships, and site visits.*
Foundational, Semester-Long Course
These provide foundational study in law and theory. Courses are a mix of subjects especially designed for students in the LL.M. program and those from the J.D. curriculum that deal with real estate and related issues. Many are taught by full-time faculty with expertise in real property law and development.
Elective courses provide preparation for particular areas of interest.
Concentrated, Short Courses
Special topics are studied in concentrated courses and these are specially designed for RPD students and are taught by adjunct professors who are nationally recognized specialists in their field from across the U.S. These courses typically are valued at one credit and are taught over a relatively short period of time.