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Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law Certificate Requirements

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  • In today’s complex legal practice, lawyers increasingly must specialize. Through the Environmental, and Land Use & Real Estate Law Program, students can graduate from law school with a valuable credential that indicates both concentration and accomplishment in these fields. Students have the option of pursuing either the Environmental and Land Use Track or the Real Estate and Land Use Track.  Requirements for the certificate program and the two tracks are set forth below.

    Requirements for the Certificate (Both Tracks)

    To complete this program, students must successfully complete:

    • The 5 required core courses for the relevant track
    • 5 credit hours in approved electives, including a seminar or course which satisfies the advanced writing requirement for the relevant track
    • Experiential Learning Requirement:
    • an internship, clerkship or externship in environmental, land use, or real estate law
    • the Conservation Clinic

    or

    • 3 credits of other skills courses with approval of the Director

    and must

    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in 15 credits of the core and elective environmental, land use, or real estate courses they complete.

    Environmental and Land Use Track

    Required Core Courses

    • Environmental Law (3 credits)
    • Natural Resources Law (3 credits), Water Law (2 or 3 credits) or Energy Law (3 credits) or Wetlands and Watersheds: Law, Science, and Policy (3 Credits)
    • Land Use Planning and Control Law (3 credits) or Florida Land use law (2 credits)
    • Administrative Law (3 credits) or Florida Administrative Law (2 credits)
    • Capstone Colloquium (1 credit)

    Electives

    • Administrative Law (3 credits) or Florida Administrative Law (2 credits)
    • Advanced Takings Law (2-3 credits)
    • Agricultural Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Condominium & Community Development Law (2 credits)
    • Conservation Clinic (3 credits; may be taken for 1 or 2 semesters-if taken for a second semester it may be for 3 or 2 credits)
    • Energy Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Externship (up to 6 credits)
    • Florida Administrative Law (2-3 credits)
    • Independent Study – Must be overseen by an environmental or land use law member (up to 3 credits)
    • International and Comparative Environmental Law Skills Lab* (2 credits)
    • International Environmental Law (1 credit)
    • International Law of the Sea (1 credit)
    • Land Finance (3 credits)
    • Law & Economics (2-3 credits)
    • Local Government Law (2-3 credits)
    • Marine and Coastal Law (2 credits)
    • Mediation (2-3 credits)
    • Negotiation and Mediation (3-4 credits)
    • Negotiation (2-3 credits)
    • Social Justice Lawyering (3 credits)
    • Statutory Interpretation (2 credits)
    • Water Law (2 credits)
    • Wetlands and Watersheds: Law, Science & Policy (3 credits)
    • A Seminar for which the work product is related to environmental or land use law

    NOTE: Because course offerings sometimes change due to faculty sabbaticals, the development of new courses, the presence of visiting or new faculty or for other reasons, the Director may grant waivers to certificate requirements or approve additional courses not currently listed as counting towards certificate requirements in appropriate circumstances. Other courses may qualify as program electives with the Director’s approval.

    In addition to the core courses and electives, students interested in deeper knowledge about environmental and land use issues can draw on the resources and opportunities offered by the University of Florida, a major research University with a wealth of relevant programs and degrees.

    *Offered through the Summer Environmental Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

    Real Estate and Land Use Law Track

    Required Core Courses

    • Land Use Planning and Control Law (3 credits)
    • Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Real Estate (REE 6045) (2 credits)**
    • Local Government Law (3 credits) or Administrative Law (3 Credits)/Florida Administrative Law (2 credits)
    • Capstone Colloquium (1 credit)

    Electives

    • Administrative Law (3 credits) or Florida Administrative Law (2 credits)
    • Advanced Takings Law (2-3 credits)
    • Agricultural Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Condominium & Community Development Law (2 credits)
    • Conservation Clinic (3 credits; may be taken for 1 or 2 semesters – if taken for a second semester it may be for 3 or 2 credits)
    • Energy Law and Policy (3 credits)
    • Externship (up to 6 credits)
    • Independent Study – Must be overseen by a Land Use or Real Estate Faculty member (up to 3 credits)
    • Land Finance (3 credits)
    • Law & Economics (2-3 credits)
    • Marine and Coastal Law (2 credits)
    • Mediation (2-3 credits)
    • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
    • Negotiation and Mediation (3-4 credits)
    • Negotiation (2-3 credits)
    • Real Estate Document Drafting (2 credits)
    • Real Estate Transactions Practicum (1 credit)
    • Real Estate Compressed Course(s)(if offered)
    • Social Justice Lawyering (3 credits)
    • Statutory Interpretations (2 credits)
    • Water Law (2 credits)
    • Wetlands and Watersheds: Law, Science & Policy (3 credits)
    • Any course included in the required or elective curriculum for UF’s Nathan S. Collier Master of Science in Real Estate (1-3 credits)***

    A Seminar for which the work product is related to real estate or land use law

     

    NOTE: Because course offerings sometimes change due to faculty sabbaticals, the development of new courses, the presence of visiting or new faculty or for other reasons, the Director may grant waivers to certificate requirements or approve additional courses not currently listed as counting towards certificate requirements in appropriate circumstances. Other courses may qualify as program electives with the Director’s approval.

    In addition to the core courses and electives, students interested in deeper knowledge about land use and real issues can draw on the resources and opportunities offered by the University of Florida, a major research University with a wealth of relevant programs and degrees. In particular, students interested primarily in real estate development are encouraged to consider electives from among the curricular offerings associated with UF’s Nathan S. Collier Masters in the Science of Real Estate Program.

    Students seeking even greater technical expertise in real estate development, market and transactional analysis, and valuation and appraisal may also want to explore enrollment in the popular joint JD/MSRE degree program. The program requirements are described at: http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/msre/options/joint/.

    **Note this course is offered through the Warrington School of Business and counts towards JD students’ total of 6 credits of non-LAW courses that can count toward the JD degree.  This course is offered on a modular schedule that differs from the law school calendar and schedule.

    ***Instructor’s permission required; some courses may have prerequisites. JD. Students not enrolled in the joint JD/MSRE program can count a total of 6 credits of graduate coursework from another UF College toward the JD.  A complete listing of the courses included in the MSRE curriculum is available at: http://warrington.ufl.edu/graduate/academics/msre/options/traditional/curriculum.asp.