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Real Estate & Natural Resources:

This area of concentration is designed to provide students with the basic foundation in real property matters including environmental concerns, land use planning, both public and private, and disputes that arise in the real estate context. The transactional legal field today is filled with disputes involving the environmental impacts, implications of real estate finance and foreclosure fraud and failed real estate negotiations. In this volatile real estate market, lawyers are needed to provide steady guidance to clients to evaluate risks and proceed properly in their transactions to mitigate liability exposure and avoid the potential for costly litigation. Choosing this area of concentration provides students with a firm foundation for beginning a legal career involving real estate issues. In a full-time or part-time real estate practice, lawyers are constantly asked to perform numerous activities including negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial real estate transactions, preparing real estate finance and foreclosure documents, assisting with due diligence, interacting with other professionals such as environmental consultants, and working with governmental agencies. This area of concentration provides new graduates a firm, practical grasp on such tasks and allows them to hit the ground running.

After taking the required classes, those students choosing to concentrate in Real Estate & Natural Resources complete the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Business & State Issues in Environmental Law3
Real Estate: Texas Title Issues (formerly Texas Land Practice2
Real Estate Finance3
Independent Study or Externship2

Real Estate students must also complete at least one of the following elective courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Environmental Law3
Natural Resources Protection & Water Law3

Finally, students who take both Natural Resource Protection & Water Law and Environmental Law must complete one of the elective courses listed below. Students who take either Natural Resource Protection & Water Law or Environmental Law, but not both, must complete two of the following elective courses.

Course NameCredit Hours
Administrative Law: Texas2
Construction Law2
Municipal Government2
Oil & Gas3
Oil & Gas Drafting1
Patent Law & Drafting3
Real Estate: Land Use Regulation & Development2

For more information, see Professor Fuselier or Shelton.

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