Paralegals are used extensively by law firms practicing in real estate law. As a document-intensive areal of law, paralegal are often used to create or identify appropriate forms, applications, titles of deed, create legal documents related to liens and evictions, as well as prepare financial documents related to a client’s real estate. This course provides a set of foundational skills in all of these areas, and more, offering consistent coverage of both substantive and procedural law. This course features cases, case files, forms, and material related to real estate recessions. The program includes hypothetical and sample cases exploring a variety of scenarios that will help students understand real estate law and practice paralegal skills. Numerous checklists and worksheets used in today's law offices are included within the required textbook to help the student prepare for a paralegal career.

For an experienced paralegal, increasing your knowledge and skill set can lead to related growth and opportunities Paralegals must stay current on technologies, trends and evolving law to stay on top of a competitive market in such timely issues as e-discovery, corporate law, criminal law, immigration, real estate and family law.  Rice University partners with the ICD, the curriculum developers of our renowned legal studies program to offer convenient on-demand courses to provide educational opportunities 24/7.

Graduates of the Rice Paralegal Certificate program are eligible for a discounted rate of $399 per course.

Course Details

  • Possess a firm understanding of ethical requirements related to real estate law.
  • Understand the basic categories of real estate.
  • Be able to identify or retrieve legal descriptions of real property.
  • Have the knowledge to navigate contractual issues in real estate law.
  • Be able to draft a basic real estate contract based on a provided example or form.
  • Possess and understanding of deeds, titles, liens, and financing of real estate.
  • Have a general knowledge of eviction procedures and foreclosures.

Self-Guided Learning

This course does not include traditional lectures. Instead, the student will utilize multiple study-support tools that act as a guide for the learning process. These tools may include:

  • Chapter Overview and Introduction
  • Lecture Notes
  • Chapter Review and Review Answers
  • Chapter Quiz (required to proceed)

In addition, students will have access to an instructor via email if any questions arise.

Estimated Course Hours (including study and online learning): 24 hours

Course Outline

  • Ethics and Real Property Practice
  • Basic Principles of Real Estate Law
  • Categories of Real Estate
  • Ownership Restrictions
  • Legal Descriptions of Property
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • The Basic Real Estate Contract
  • Deeds
  • Liens on Property
  • Financing
  • Title Examination and Title Insurance
  • An Introduction to the Closing
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate Closings
  • Eviction Procedures
  • Overview of Real Estate Litigation
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Paralegals seeking to further enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Professionals preparing to become a paralegal in a law firm or real estate office
  • Professionals seeking legal understanding of real estate transactions and procedures

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Student Performance Assessment Methods and Grading Procedures

Your grade in this class will be based upon your cumulative understanding of the course concepts.

  • Final Exam: The final exam will be 50% of the course grade.
  • Written Assignments: You will have two written assignments, which will each be worth 25% of your final grade. The assignments will be provided on the Study Support website.

In preparing assignments, all positions and conclusions must be substantiated and supported. Identify all key areas, fully address all questions and provide the basis for your conclusion. Please also cite sources to support your statements.

Your assignment grades will be based upon the above criteria. Please be comprehensive in drafting your responses and reach out to your Instructor if you require clarification or assistance.

In order to ensure that you understand the concepts covered in the exam and assignments, make sure to review the text materials, as well as the Chapter Quizzes, available on CareerStudyLabs.com.


 The Essentials of Real Estate Law (Slossberg)

Formats and Prices (approximate):

Standard New (Recommended): From $150
Standard Rental: $48
eTextbook: $24

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Section Title
Real Estate Law for Paralegals
Online, self paced
Jan 01, 2022 to Jun 30, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition $599.00
Section Notes

*Please note that these courses are available 24/7 anytime during the semester window of January 1 through June 30, 2022, and will be repeated again in the fall. 

Visit our page with links to test drive each of the specialty credential courses that provides the first chapter study support and Chapter Quiz for each program. https://mycareerstudylabs.com/essentialskills/specialist/testdrive/ 

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