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Spring 2021 Class Descriptions

Real Estate Transactions (LWBC577)

Instructor(s): Chris Wonnell, Staff

3 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Business and Corporate Law (JD), LLM in Business and Corporate Law (LLMB), Business and Corporate Law (MSLS)

This course covers the practical aspects of real property transactions, both residential and commercial. Topics include purchase & sale transactions, escrows, title insurance, options, deeds and title issues, leases, basic financing transactions, brokers and agents, and applicable documents. The course builds on the broader conceptual concepts covered in the Property course, and examines the application of those concepts used by practitioners in advising their clients in transactions.


Instructor(s): Shane Shelley

1 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Taxation (LLMC), LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (MSLS)
Prerequisite(s): Completed or concurrent enrollment in Tax I

In this course, we take an in-depth look at the U.S. federal income taxation of “real estate investment trusts” (“REITs”) and related real estate transactions, including: the history and purpose of REITs; the primary tax requirements applicable to REITs; the structure of common REIT transactions, including “UPREIT” formations, real estate contributions and M&A transactions; and the use of REITs by private investment funds. Classwork and course materials will incorporate a close review and analysis of multiple sources, including the Internal Revenue Code and related authorities, the SEC filings of publicly traded REITs and examples of contractual agreements related to REIT transactions. This class runs for seven weeks.  Grades will be based on an open-book final exam.

Remedies (LWLP570)

Instructor(s): Gail Heriot, William Lawrence

4 credit(s), Letter Graded
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD), Civil Litigation (JD), Public Interest Law (JD)

Legal and equitable remedies under statutes and the common law are examined and compared. The course focuses on methods of evaluating alternative remedies and arguing for or against their creation or use in a given case. The course objective is to enable the student not only to identify all available remedies but also to choose the preferred remedy from among them. The principal subjects covered are equity, restitution and damages.

Note: This is a required course for the Civil Litigation Concentration (JD).