Who Should Consider the Online LL.M.?
The LL.M. in Real Property Development (“RPD”) is the top program in the country for practicing attorneys, recent law graduates, or rising third year law students interested in acquiring or expanding expertise in all legal aspects of real property development. The flexible, online format (Distance Learning) makes it possible for full-time working attorneys, whether locally, nationally, or internationally, to receive an LL.M. in Real Property Development.
"The online LLM in Real Property Development was fantastic. I really appreciated the ability to learn remotely, on my own time, while working full-time. The videos of the classes were useful because I could always replay a segment I needed to hear again to absorb the information and the professors were very responsive to e-mail."
Megan K. Palmer, LL.M. '11
Associate, Bryan Cave, Washington, D.C./ New York City
Online Format = Convenience and Academic Excellence
In the past students had to come to Miami for a year or more to study in Miami Law's campus-based Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development. This unique online program is taught by the best minds in real estate law and top, practicing lawyers in the field and offers:
- Substance. A first-rate educational experience available to a geographically diverse group of students who take the same courses as their on-campus counterparts
- Quality. Earn a reputable, accredited online graduate degree learning from distinguished professors and experienced attorneys
- Convenience. Enroll part-time, starting in the fall or spring, with no career interruption, commuting or fixed class hours
- Flexibility. A flexible program available 24-7 from anywhere in the world; watch your class on video at any time around your schedule.
- Access. Engage with your professors through e-mail and phone, and have access to Lexis and Westlaw and ongoing tech support
- Ease. Learn without needing special software or computer skills
30 credit hours are required to graduate from the program. Distance Learners can enroll for a minimum of four (4) credits or a maximum of eight (8) credits per semester. The actual load is decided in consultation with the Director and may be adjusted to meet the particular circumstances of the Distance Learner.
Choose the Scheduling Option that Works for Your Schedule
Study is part-time, can begin in fall or spring, and a degree can be earned in as little as two years (4 semesters) or as long as three years (six semesters). Suggested completion tracks are listed below. With permission from the Director, longer tracks may also be possible.
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"UM's distance learning program for its Real Property Development LLM allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills on a flexible schedule while still pursuing a full-time associate job. The system used by the program was simple and allowed me to view classes on my schedule. While there is an obvious difference from taking the classes in person, the professors were all available and eager to ensure that I as a distance learner obtained the full benefit of the program."
Chris Roemer, LL.M. '11
Real Estate and Litigation Attorney
On Campus: Do you need to come to campus at any point during the Program?
(Pictured: Spring 2020 RPD LL.M. program students, on-campus and distance learners and new RPD students, taking a break from their Financial Analysis of Real Estate transactions course.)
YES. We want Distance Learners to feel part of the community of students in the RPD Program, and having the opportunity for face to face interaction is a way to get to know fellow students and build camaraderie.
FOR HOW LONG? The total time distance learners need to come to campus is about 4 days - 2 days before the fall semester, and 2 days in the spring semester.
WHEN? All students, including Distance Learners, who are starting in the Fall, are required to attend the RPD Orientation at the beginning of the semester. The exact dates are posted on the website as soon as they are available but Orientation usually begins around the second week of August. At least one class takes place during Orientation. In special circumstances (for example, if a student is overseas), this attendance requirement may be waived by the Program Director.
Distance Learners are also required to come to campus for a weekend that the Financial Analysis of Real Estate Transactions course (a required course) is offered. Exact dates are posted as soon as available, but this is usually a weekend in January. This first part of the course is not available on video or via streaming.
There is at least one project which teams of on-campus and Distance Learners work on together, and having the opportunity to meet each other previously in person is very helpful. Further, visiting the campus affords Distance Learners the opportunity to get acquainted personally with the administrators and staff involved in the Program, to learn about the Law Library and other resources, and to meet some of the faculty and alumni and begin their network connections.
10 Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions, Tuition, Technology
1) What are the criteria for admission?
The criteria for admission to the Distance Learning option are the same as for the full-time program. The program seeks to enroll talented students eager to embrace a rigorous, specialized curriculum. All applicants must have earned a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or an equivalent law degree from an international law school. The admissions committee will consider the applicant’s academic record, professional background and experience, and interest in the real estate field. A well-drafted, concise, personal statement summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in real estate, along with two recommendations from professors or individuals with actual knowledge of the applicant’s strengths and qualifications, will also be considered. Admission to practice law is not a requirement but it is strongly recommended unless the applicant is still a law student or a very recent law graduate. To learn more about the admission process and how to apply click here.
2) What if I am a foreign lawyer or if English is not my first language?
Non U.S. lawyers with a law degree from an international law school equivalent to a U.S. law degree, are eligible to apply. Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam, unless written and oral English language proficiency is otherwise demonstrated. Applicants whose first language is Spanish or Portuguese, and who do not have sufficient English language proficiency should consider the Intensive Legal English + LL.M., offered each Spring.
3) What is the cost of tuition for the Distance Learning option?
Tuition for Distance Learners is based on the number of credits taken per semester, which cannot exceed 8 credits without permission from the Program Director. The cost per credit can be found here.
4) Is there financial aid or scholarships?
To qualify for financial aid, a student has to be registered for at least 6 credits. Information on financial aid can be found here. Institutional scholarships are not generally available for Distance Learners although Distance Learners are encouraged to seek and apply for scholarships from outside sources.
5) How do I view the classes? What are the Technology Requirements?
The classes can be viewed in real time, via streaming, or through video, which becomes available 24-hours after the class. The classes can be accessed through the Blackboard platform that becomes available once the Distance Learner is registered for classes. There all students will also find the syllabus, class assignments, and other pertinent information for each course. Distance Learners will need a computer (with microphone, web camera, and good speakers) and internet connection. A good headset is also very helpful. The computer technical recommendations are further described here.
6) What is the attendance policy for Distance Learners?
Attendance policy is the same for Distance Learners as for on-campus students. Most professors require mandatory attendance in classes, which means that Distance Learners must communicate their attendance in one of two ways: If watching the class in real time, the Distance Learner can email the professor in the classroom and participate in the class. If watching the video, the Distance Learner must email two or three questions or comments to the professor, prior to the next class. This is extremely important, not only to “register attendance,” but to make sure that the material is being understood as the course progresses.
7) How do I communicate with my professors?
All students are provided with professors’ contact information, including email and telephone. And as stated above, Distance Learners viewing the classes in real time are able to email the professor in the classroom and participate in class.
8) Can I contact an alumnus or current student to ask about the Program or the Distance Learning option?
Yes, on a regular basis we put prospective students in touch with alumni of the Program so they can share their experiences and answer any questions.
9) How am I graded and how do I take exams?
Each professor decides how the course will be graded- some ask for a paper or project, others give a take- home final exam or an in-class final exam, which is proctored. Generally, in the Fall semester three required courses have final exams, and in the Spring two required courses have final exams. Requirements for elective courses vary. Distance Learners who live in South Florida are generally required to come to campus for the final exams. For Distance Learners outside the South Florida are, we make arrangements with local testing sites or colleges/universities near where the Distance Learner resides.
10) What about the Internship requirement?
As for the Internship requirement, it is waived for Distance Learners, who take a 1-credit elective course in place of the Internship. Occasionally a Distance Learner wants to do an Internship and finds an opportunity nearby. With approval of the Program Director, who evaluates the internship placement, supervising attorney, and expected workload, the Internship will be allowed.
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