Real Estate Practice

Real Estate Law involves the purchase, sale, leasing and development of property for commercial and residential use. These transactions are often lengthy and complex, involving multiple parties, each with its own interest.  Attorneys are needed throughout the process to negotiate and draft contracts and leases, to navigate zoning ordinances, to obtain governmental approvals, to obtain financing and to manage the bidding procedure for construction projects. As the real estate industry crosses multiple disciplines, lawyers in this field regularly partner with professionals in finance, tax, architecture and engineering to find creative and innovative solutions to complex issues.

Villanova Law offers several courses related to practice of Real Estate Law. Students interested in pursuing a career in real estate need solid grounding in contracts, taxation, business organization, partnership law and estate planning. Knowledge of environmental law is also recommended.

Students interested in this area are also encouraged to pursue an externship in the field. A hallmark of Villanova’s educational experience, our externship program offers placements in a variety of practice settings, including corporate, government, and nonprofit (see below for a list of recent placements). Externships are supervised by both an on-site field instructor and a full-time faculty member who works closely with each student to monitor progress and to ensure overall professional development.

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are fundamentally associated with this practice area.

Of the courses listed below, the foundational doctrinal courses—Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law and Torts—and an upper level Legal Writing (Transactional or Litigation) are required. The remaining courses are helpful but not required for those interested in the field.

  • Bankruptcy
  • Contracts
  • Condo and Homeowners’ Association Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Land Use Planning
  • Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy
  • Property
  • Real Estate Transactions

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are related, but not necessarily essential to this practice area. Students interested in this field may consider enrolling in these courses to supplement their studies. 

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Contract Drafting
  • Decedents’ Estates and Trusts




  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Alterra Property Group
  • Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP
  • Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection