LL.M. in Real Estate/Property Development


Program Description

Until recently, to in the LL.M. in Real Estate/Property Development program students had to come to Miami, FL. But now, the LL.M. program—widely regarded as the nation's best—is available on campus and in an online format that offers both innovation and academic excellence.

The LL.M. explores the subjects necessary to develop an understanding of land acquisition, finance, regulation, tax law, construction law, residential and commercial development, landlord-tenant, closings, negotiation, planning strategies and drafting.

Who Should Consider This Program?

  • Professionals looking for an online LL.M. program in real estate/property development
  • Real estate professionals who need to acquire or upgrade knowledge of the area
  • Practitioners interested in making a career pivot or fine-tuning their practice
  • Recent law graduates who want complete instruction in the laws related to real property development

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Program Formats: Full or Part-Time/ On Campus or Online

To meet needs and schedules, the LL.M. Program is offered in various formats:

  1. On Campus (full-time or part-time)
  2. Online (part-time)
  3. Joint J.D./LL.M. (full-time option which saves time and tuition money over earning the degrees separately), or
  4. Triple Degree (J.D./M.B.A./LL.M. in Real Property Development)

Unparalleled Faculty, Leadership & Personalized Attention

The Real Property Development faculty includes top professors and scholars in the field, adjuncts who are partners of prominent law firms, and general counsels of major real estate companies – experts from all over the U.S. The director counsels students individually on internship placements and course selection at the beginning of each term thereby arranging a schedule that provides the appropriate course of study for each student. Each student takes appropriate courses depending on his or her background since students in the Program come from throughout the United States and some international jurisdictions with diverse work and undergraduate law experiences.

"The Program is wonderful for any recent law school graduate, attorney, or business person interested, or currently practicing, in the field of real estate development because it exposes the students to so many important areas of both real estate law and real estate development. Further, you obtain hands-on experience in addressing these complicated issues through internships and class projects, which makes you more marketable to prospective employers."
Benjamin E. Wilson, LL.M. '04
Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP, Miami, FL

Real-World Learning: Internships, Site Visits, DIR

Students gain first-hand knowledge through internships and construction site visits and understand a project from the various perspectives of participants, including experts in zoning or environmental issues, architects, developers, lenders or tenants.

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.


All applicants to the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development must have earned, separate to the requirements of the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program, a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or an equivalent law degree from a foreign law school.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL exam. Unless special permission is obtained from the director, full-time students may matriculate only in the Fall semester. The campus-based program is not designed for the part-time student.

Selection is based on evidence of intellectual capacity, the strength of the applicant's law school and professional records, and evidence of the applicant's commitment and ability to overcome difficulties in attaining specialized education and skills. Applications are reviewed and acted on promptly after all required documents are received.

Degree Requirements

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.

Last updated Jan 2018

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