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Real Property Law
About This Course

The law of real property is one of the basic law school courses, and is a must for paralegals in a business law firm. Here we examine the system of common law property, the recording acts, conveyancing, mortgaging, landlord-tenant, and financing. We cover the subjects every paralegal should know about land transactions and the documents which record the purchase, sale, and leasing of real estate. Besides buyer-seller issues, the student should be able to deal with title insurance companies, recorders of deeds, and to recognize land finance subjects. Finally, we deal with foreclosure of mortgages and the possibility of redeeming a mortgage that has gone into default.

Instructor:

Bill Thoms, J.D.

Objective:

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

Expectations

This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of at least 8 hours per week reading and completing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this online course. This course is the equivalent of at least 45 clock hours of study. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course.

Course Books

Required textbooks for this course:

Highly Recommended Legal Resources:

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Reading Assignments for Lesson Topics:
Lesson One: Estates in Land
Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 in Real Property Law in a Nutshell (Nutshell)
Lesson Two: Conveyancing and Closing
Read Chapters 5, 7 & 8 in Nutshell
Lesson Three: Transfer of the Deed
Read Chapter 9 in Nutshell
Lesson Four: Recording Acts and Title Insurance
Read Chapters 10 & 11 in Nutshell
Lesson Five: Land Finance
Read Chapter 12 in Nutshell
Lesson Six: Land Use Planning
Read Chapters 19 & 20 in Nutshell

Writing Assignments:

For each lesson you will submit a 50-point writing assignment covering the topics in that lesson’s reading consisting of a variety of short answer questions and essay questions.

Exams:

You will complete two exams. Each is worth 100 points. The Midterm exam is to be submitted with your Lesson Three Assignments; the Final exam is to be submitted with your Lesson Six Assignments.

Bulletin Board Assignments:

You will also post your responses to six class participation assignments. These assignments are referred to as Bulletin Board Submissions and will be submitted by either selecting Bulletin Board Submission from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Forums’ under Activities on the Left Hand Block.

All lesson objectives, assignments, and exams can be found in the Lesson Materials.

Grading

Your grade will be based on your completion of six writing assignments, two exams, and class participation/Bulletin Board Submissions. The writing assignments can be accessed from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Assignments’ under Activities on the Left Hand Block of your course home page. The exams can be accessed from within the lesson material, or by selecting “Quizzes” under Activities on the Left Hand Block. You will have the opportunity to engage in “class participation” by using the Bulletin Board tool to respond to the bulletin board assignments throughout the course. Also, participating in the bulletin board assignments will enhance your understanding of the reading material.

Your final grade will be figured as follows:

Withdrawal Policy

Students may drop the course with a full tuition refund less a non-refundable $15 administrative fee if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at info@legalstudies.com by the Wednesday before class begins. Students may drop the course with a 50% tuition refund if written notice is sent to The Center for Legal Studies by email at info@legalstudies.com anytime from the Thursday before the course begins until the first Thursday of class. After the first Thursday of class, no refunds will be issued.