Real Estate Law

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An exciting and global city, Miami is one of the world’s most active real estate markets and the #1 market in the nation for international real estate buyers. The real estate law program builds on its ideal location and world-class faculty while capitalizing on longstanding ties to the local real estate market. This area of law covers land use, housing, and commercial real estate, as well as the environmental and tax implications. Whatever your aspirations, Miami Law prepares you to practice real estate law in law firms, companies, corporate law departments, state and federal government agencies, in financial institutions such as banks, or in the affordable housing field. Learn real estate law in a dynamic environment with exceptional career-building opportunities in local, national and global markets, and home to some of the country’s most creative architects, real estate developers, builders, and lawyers. Some stats:

Gary McPherson“The Affordable Housing Practicum exposed me to many different areas of the law, including transactional real estate, corporate law, and tax. This exposure gave me the experience necessary to take on more complex assignments during my clerkship, like drafting various condominium formation documents, merger documents, a general contractor agreement, a commercial lease, an answer to foreclosure complaint, a response and offer of settlement to HUD.” 
Gary McPherson, J.D./LL.M. ’18 in Real Property Development 
Development Manager, Atlantic / Pacific Communities 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 


Affordable Housing Practicum 
Tenants’ Rights Clinic 
Environmental Justice Clinic 

Sample Courses* 

The Real Estate Law curriculum is designed to provide students with courses to develop or deepen the understanding of all essential components of real estate development. The faculty is composed of top practitioners and experts in the field - partners in prominent law firms, general counsels of major real estate companies, all subject matter experts.  We offer a combination of semester-long foundational courses, concentrated short courses, internships and project studies/site visits, so students may explore a wide variety of areas of interest in real estate.  

Advanced Condominiums, Cooperatives and Planned Developments 
Basic Condominiums, Cooperatives and Planned Developments 
Basic Real Estate Tax 
Commercial Real Estate Leasing 
Construction Law 
Current Real Estate Finance Issues  
Developing Affordable Housing: An Overview of Real Estate, Regulatory, and Policy Considerations
Distressed Property Workouts 
Drafting & Negotiating Design Agreements & Construction Contracts   
Eminent Domain 
Environmental Law  
Financial Analysis of Real Estate Transactions 
Environmental Regulation of Real Property 
Housing Law and Policy 
Hospitality Law

Introduction to Real Estate Development 
Land Security and Finance 
Mortgage Law  
Negotiation Skills  
Planning and Zoning 
Problem Solving in Real Property Development
Real Estate Documents Workshop   
Real Estate Project Development Workshop  
Real Estate Transactions 
Real Property and Government 
Securitization of Real Estate 
Takings Law and Legislation 
The Law of Green Buildings 
Title Insurance 
Wetland Regulation and Real Property 

Extracurricular Opportunities 

Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society - RPPTL Society is Miami Law’s real estate affinity group for students. In partnership with the RPD LL.M. program, they host lectures with prominent real estate practitioners and sponsor workshops to help sharpen real estate skills.   RPPTL’s close connection to the Florida Bar’s RPPTL division and to the local community allows for extensive networking and educational opportunities.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities  

Joint Degrees  
J.D./LL.M. in Real Estate/Property Development   
J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. in Real Estate/Property Development

Marcela CarmagoI enjoyed being exposed to different real estate laws and perspectives, best practices, and real cases, all of which has expanded my capacity to execute with judgment, knowledge, and confidence.”
Marcela Camargo, LL.M. in Real Property Development ‘16
Almacenes Exito, S.A. (largest retail company in South America)
Jefe Jurídico Inmobiliario / Chief Real Estate Officer
Envigado, Colombia

Interdisciplinary Work with University of Miami’s Architecture and Business Schools 
Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching enables law students to learn the perspectives of the architect and the business side of a real estate development project through a unique collaboration with our premier graduate schools. Students partaking in the Real Estate Development Workshop work jointly with architectural, design, and business students, each contributing within their area of expertise to develop plans for real estate sites.   

Alison Rioux"My favorite experience in law school [was] my time at the Tenant's Rights Clinic, having the ability to help someone who is losing their home, the place where they have lived and watched their children grow up, is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had." 
Alison Rioux, J.D. ‘17 (Pictured right with clinic director Jeffrey Hearne)
Director of Operations, Azcon Construction Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Faculty Experts

The faculty teaching Real Estate Law and  Real Property Development courses are among the most prominent and respected authorities and practitioners in the field - all subject matter experts, partners and managing partners of prominent law firms, general counsels of major real estate companies from across the U.S., and leading municipalities’ attorneys. 

Brian S. Adler: Land use, zoning and permitting in the development process

Ross J. Altman: Construction law, drafting and negotiation of architect’s and contractor’s contracts

Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams: Hospitality, marina and hotel acquisition, finance and development 

Ralph B. Bekkevold: Real estate, finance, banking, workout and business transactions

Charles Bohl: Mixed-use development and the public process for planning and community design 

Joni Armstrong Coffey: Land use and entitlements, development, local government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and government contracts

Anthony De Yurre: Land use and zoning, large scale mixed-use development, and public private partnerships

Shahrzad Emami: Affordable Housing and Community Development 

Jason S. Gibson: Retail, office, and industrial leasing 

John Halula: Mortgages, syndicated loans and other financing

Joseph D Harbaugh: Negotiation skills

Jeff Hearne: Director, Tenants' Rights Clinic

Joseph Hernandez: Acquisitions, development, financing, leasing, and joint ventures

Lauren M. Hunt: Land security and finance transactions

Amir A. Isaiah: Receivership, fiduciary services, and litigation 

Michael T. Lynott: Commercial leasing

Betsy McCoy: Developer’s counsel, business and commercial litigation

Thomas F. Nealon III: Bankruptcy, creditors' rights litigation, REMIC tax matters, real estate purchase and sale transactions

Howard E. Nelson: Environmental law, wetland matters including issues related to protected and sensitive wetlands, preservation efforts and enforcement defense

Marshall R. Pasternack: Real estate tax, limited partnerships, joint ventures 

Patricia Redmond: Bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring, 

Franchesca Rhodis: End-buyer closings for large condominium projects, document drafting 

Vivian N. Rodriguez: Real estate tax law 

Steven Siegfried:  Construction law 

William P. Sklar: Planning, drafting, and the development of residential, commercial, and complex mixed-use condominiums and planned developments

William SklarMiami Law was not only the first to provide a graduate-level program in real estate, finance, and development, but it has evolved into the leading real estate graduate law program in the nation.” 
William Sklar
Adjunct Faculty, Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development 
Director, Miami Law Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium Law  
Of Counsel, Carlton Fields

Fellowships and Scholarships

Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Program - Eligible students can apply for a fellowship and if accepted have the opportunity to do a one-year, full-time Fellowship at GreenbergTraurig, LLP to gain work experience and specific training in the real estate practice area. Although not guaranteed, fellowships often turn into permanent job placements.  

Swire Scholars - Students in the Real Property Development LL.M. program can apply for the premier networking opportunity to become a Swire Scholar for the annual Real Estate Impact Conference. This invitation-only conference is organized by the University of Miami School of Architecture and the Miami Herbert Business School and brings together more than 500 industry leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Miami. Swire Scholars receive complimentary registration to attend the conference, and participate in a private luncheon with real estate advisory board members from the Architecture, Business and Law schools. 

Networking, Professional Development, Conferences & Lectures

Real Estate Impact Conference: each year our students have the opportunity to apply to be Swire Scholars and participate in the annual Real Estate Impact Conference hosted by the University of Miami. The annual conference is an invitation-only gathering of the most prominent national and international real estate industry leaders talking about cutting-edge issues in commercial and residential real estate. In addition to panel discussions and networking sessions, students are able to interact with close to 100 prominent real estate professionals who are members of the University of Miami Real Estate Advisory Board.  

Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development  – Our students are invited yearly to participate in the Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development, one of the leading conferences on current issues affecting condominiums and planned developments.   

U-Talk Real Estate Lecture Series - this is an initiative of the Advisory Boards from University of Miami's School of Architecture MRED+U Program, Miami Herbert Business School Real Estate Programs, and Miami Law’s LL.M. in Real Property Development, and features in-depth conversations with influential leaders on the transformations currently reshaping every sector of the real estate industry.

site visitSite Visits 
Through site visits to real estate projects, students gain first-hand knowledge from the various perspectives of participants, including experts in zoning, environmental issues, architects, developers, lenders or tenants. 

Speed Networking: Our students are regularly invited to exclusive speed networking events with real estate industry leaders.  

Roundtables: Students from Miami Law, Miami’s School of Architecture, and Miami’s Business School regularly gather with industry leaders in small roundtable settings and discuss topics of interest such as Technology in Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, Land Use & Zoning, Marketing, Glass Ceiling/Life Balance Issues, and many others.  

Commercial Real Estate Women: Initially founded to bring together women in real estate, today CREW Network is the premier business network for real estate professionals of all genders, with over 12,000 members worldwide. In partnership with its Miami chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) we annually co-host a UCREW event that brings together real estate industry professionals and students for conversation and networking. 

Guest Speakers and Panelists: Throughout the year guest lecturers and panelists from across the country visit classes or participate in special sessions to discuss cutting edge real estate issues and give students the opportunity to ask questions and apply the knowledge they are acquiring in the classrooms to real life situations. 

Sampling of Past Internships

AB Capstone (New York, NY)
Akerman LLP
Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP 
American Liver Foundation
Berger Singerman LLP
Bilzin Sumberg
Broward County Attorney's Office- Office’s Housing, Finance, and Real Property Practice Group
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
City of Coral Gables
Everstream Solutions (Cleveland, OH)
Fortune International
Goldman Properties
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Greenspoon Marder
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Miami, FL and Chicago, IL)
Holland & Knight LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Katz Barron Squitero Faust
Krongold & Krongold P L

Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Lydecker Diaz 
Miami Beach Community Development Corporation
Mombach, Boyle & Hardin, P.A.
Office of the City of Miami Attorney
Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez P.A. 
Sacher, Zelman, Hartman, Paul, Beiley & Sacher, P.A.
Sherman & Howard L.L.C. (Atlanta, GA)
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lemer (SRHL)  
Stearns Weaver
Tax Defense Work
Tenzer PLLC 
The City of Miami Office of the City Attorney
The Related Group
TSG Group

Internships are in person placements taking place during the academic year in which full time students participate.

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*Lists courses currently or recently offered in this area, but this list is not exhaustive nor does it set out a path of study.