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LSTD202 - Real Estate Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD202 Course ID: 2900 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of real estate law, with emphasis on those portions of real estate law that are essential to the processes and functions of the real estate purchase, administration, financing, land use regulation, financial instruments, leases, and property rights. The law of real estate has traditionally consisted of laborious manual searches to ensure good title. The internet provides real estate attorneys and legal assistants with new tools and procedures for conducting real estate transactions. This course will prepare the student for these concepts and will introduce the student to the new world of the Internet as related to real estate law.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

A. Describe and discuss basic real property terms, how property is acquired, closing and the relevant forms.

B. Identify the various types of ownership and obstacles to clear title.

C. Explain the basic principles of contract law as they relate to real property.

D. Discuss and be familiar with types of deeds and title examinations and insurance and land surveys and descriptions.

E. Discuss with familiarity the financial terms associated with Real Estate.

F. Discuss ownership of alternative ownerships i.e., condominiums and cooperatives terms and issues.

G. Discuss with familiarity both commercial and residential leases.


There will be seven forums in the course. You will find them in the Forums tab of the classroom. Initial posts must be in by Thursday each week. Classmate responses are due Sunday each week. Forum assignments will be based on the readings and your research.

Replies should be substantive. Comments like "I agree," or "Good job," are not substantive. Some things you could do to meet this requirement are: read a little of their research and comment on it; compare their research to yours; give examples if you agree with them, or counter examples if you don't; or share some of your experiences or issues you have seen locally that the rest of us probably won't be familiar with.


There will be a written assignment due during the course. The assignment instructions are in the Assignments tab in the classroom. Students are expected to complete this assignment by the due date. All written submissions are required to be single-spaced, in Times New Roman, 12pt font, with 1” margins.


The class contains a Midterm and Final examination. Both exams will be open book and will be posted in the classroom during the week in which they are due under the Tests & Quizzes tab.

NameGrade %
Introductory Forum 1.00 %
Introductory Forum 1.00 %
Forums 19.00 %
Week 1 3.17 %
Week 2 3.17 %
Week 3 3.17 %
Week 5 3.17 %
Week 6 3.17 %
Week 7 3.17 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Real Estate Assignment 20.00 %
Exams 60.00 %
Midterm Exam 30.00 %
Final Exam 30.00 %


Daniel F. Hinkel, Practical Real Estate Law (3d ed. 2000).*

*Links to all chapter readings will be found in the Lessons tab of the classroom.


The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et. al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).**

**This is available in the APUS Library (for free access please see instructions in the announcements) or may be purchased at your own expense in hard copy/online at: It is a recommended resource, but not required. All citations in this course must be in Bluebook format.

Book Title:Practical Real Estate Law, 3rd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Delmar
Unit Cost:$8.99
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.