Interdisciplinary Work with University of Miami Graduate Schools
As part of the program’s multi-faceted approach to education in real estate development, students in the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development Program have opportunities to do interdisciplinary work with University of Miami’s renowned graduate schools including the School of Architecture and the Miami Business School.
Through a unique collaboration with the School of Architecture, LL.M. students gain exposure to the perspectives of approaching a real estate development project from the eyes of the architect and the business side.
In the spring, students who study the Real Estate Development Workshop are paired up with students from the Masters of Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) program out of the School of Architecture and with students from the Business School. They are assigned to teams who work collectively on often genuine real estate projects or case studies.
The Architecture students work as designers, and the MRED and RPD students work as the developers, each contributing within their areas of expertise. The joint project is led by Professor Jack Winston from the RPD side and Dr. Charles Bohl from the MRED side. Additionally, several Architecture Professors are involved supervising the studios overseeing these projects. The collaboration ends with each team making presentations to a panel of judges.
The Internship is a requirement for full-time RPD students. It takes place in a law firm or the in-house department at a real estate development company or municipality. It entails 60 hours of hands-on participation in real estate transactions under the supervision of a senior lawyer and gives unparalleled exposure to real estate practice. Past internships have taken place at:
City of Miami
City of Coral Gables
Holland and Knight LLP
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.A.
The Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Program
Each spring students are able to apply for an Internship at GreenbergTraurig, LLP. Selected students who successfully complete the internship have priority consideration for the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Program. This is a full-time, one-year training/work program at the entry level with the goal of providing work experience and specific training in the real estate practice area. During the fellowship, the fellow is a full time temporary employee of Greenberg Traurig, has specific educational/training requirements and a reduced billable hour requirement. While not a guarantee of offer of employment with GT, at the conclusion of the program and if successful, the fellow may be considered for regular fulltime employment with GT as an associate, in the Firm’s sole and exclusive discretion.
Students gain first-hand knowledge from the various perspectives of participants, including experts in zoning or environmental issues, architects, developers, lenders or tenants. (Pictured: Real Property Development LL.M. studuents visit Downtown development site Miami World Center.) As a part of the Introduction to Real Estate Development and the Real Estate Project Development Workshop courses, students gather at a construction site or developer's office to hear presentations by real estate professionals who have been involved in significant residential or commercial real estate projects.
The story of the project is told from the various perspectives of participants, including experts in zoning or environmental issues, architects, developers, lenders or tenants. The students tour the site of the project, and the entire experience is incorporated into the ongoing work of the relevant course offering. Our Real Property Development LLM students get to participate in a number of site visits throughout the year, helping them immerse themselves in the real estate law industry in Miami. See images from site visit to Brickell City Center in November 2016.
Developer in Residence Program (DIR)
Unique to the Miami Law RPD LL.M. is the Developer in Residence Program (DIR) which includes active involvement of one or more real estate developers who are able to complement the theoretical law, learned in the program with "real world" application to legal concepts. Developers in Residence actively participate with the students in and outside the classroom. In the classroom, they work with the faculty to present the client’s point of view, and occasionally assist the professors with guest lectures in their areas of expertise. Outside the classroom, they serve as a sounding board to the students, offering guidance as they work through “mock” and real-life development projects that are part of the course work. Because of their expertise, they are often asked to serve as judges in the various competitions and presentations that take place in the RPD Program and in the real estate programs from the University of Miami Schools of Architecture and Business. They also serve as informal mentors to the students. Currently, Howard Shapiro and Antonio Prado serve as Developers in Residence.