Real Estate Practicum 

In the Real Estate Practicum, students experience the world of real estate practice and real estate practitioners and discuss and reflect on those experiences and observations in a weekly seminar, all with the goal of helping each student to prepare for the practice of law. To accomplish this goal and to provide this experience, the practicum has three required segments: an initial training, an externship and a seminar.

1) Initial Training: In preparation for the externships, the first two weeks of the semester involve hands-on training, homework and simulations in title examination and residential real estate closings.

2) Externships: The externship involves placements with real estate professionals and requires a commitment of 10 hours per week (two sessions of 5 hours). Externships are done as a two-person team. One member of the team is initially placed with a real estate attorney specializing in residential real estate, the other with an attorney at a title insurance company. Each team member works for six weeks with one attorney or the other and then switches right before spring break. In both placements, students will work on a variety of title, closing, contract and related problems and will observe the operation of a law office and the interaction with clients, staff and other real estate professionals (brokers, lenders, appraisers, surveyors). Most placements are in Springfield; there is also a paired placement in Connecticut (Windsor Locks and Hartford).

3) Seminar: The seminar component consists of a weekly 2-hour seminar meeting, with required readings and discussions structured and led by the two faculty members and frequently featuring presentations by experts in different aspects of real estate transactions. In some weeks, there will be individual or smaller-group meetings instead of the full-class seminar meetings.

Prerequisites: As prerequisites for the course, students must have taken 2 or more of the following courses: Real Estate Finance, Conveyancing, Taxation of Property, Land Use, and Landlord-Tenant.  The more prerequisites you have taken, the better. Students are strongly urged to take Real Estate Finance or Conveyancing. Students who have taken Real Estate Finance or Conveyancing will be given selection preference.  In addition, students must have successfully completed 32 hours of law studies.

Semesters Offered: Spring Only

Credits: 4-credits includes Seminar and Field Placement

Spots available: 10

Grading: Pass/Fail

Application: Accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Real Estate Practicum.

Application Requirements: Resume, writing sample, transcript, and Real Estate Practicum application.

Application DEADLINE Date:  Thursday, March 5, 2015


Bob StatchenRobert Statchen
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Statchen directs the Real Estate Practicum and the Small Business Clinic. He earned a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and an LL.M. from Boston University. Professor Statchen began his legal career in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. He practiced corporate and transactional law for profit and non-profit entities with the law firm of Tobin, Carberry, O'Malley, Riley & Selinger, PC in New London, CT. Prior to that, he was a civil litigator in Stamford, CT, with the law firm of Ryan, Ryan, Johnson & Deluca, LLP.

To learn more, contact Marie Fletcher, Clinical Programs Administrator, at Tel.: 413-782-1469 or email:










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