Concentration in Land Use & Sustainable Development Law

The concentration in Land Use & Sustainable Development Law prepares students for a wide range of diverse practices, including practices in the areas of Construction, Environmental Law and Sustainability, Fair Housing, Land Use Planning and Zoning, Real Estate, or State or Local Government Law. Graduates who have taken this concentration will have specialized knowledge and skills that should be attractive to many employers in the for-profit, public interest, and government sectors, and provide a useful grounding for those who embark on solo practice.
This concentration will provide a competitive edge that is particularly relevant to law practice on Long Island—where there are more than 110 units of local government and land use and real estate are thriving practice areas.
In addition to choosing from a multitude of substantive courses, students can gain practical experience in simulation offerings and clinical and externship courses. All students will learn essential practice skills through a minimum of 5 credits of skills courses. Students will continue to build essential practice skills by enrolling in an externship with a placement that practices in an area related to Land Use & Sustainable Development. Potential externship placements include law firms with land use or real estate practices; public interest organizations that focus on environmental law or affordable housing; state or local government agencies that focus on land use, real estate, or environmental conservation—to name just a few.
A concentration can be declared at any time, but generally should be adopted by the beginning of the second year of law study.
The requirements of the concentration are:
1. 27 credits total ; 16 credits in required courses & 11 credits in elective courses
Required Courses for the Concentration Credits
Administrative Law (3)
Property Law (4)
Environmental Law (3)
Land Use, Zoning and Planning I (3)
Externship in a Land Use and Sustainability placement (3)
Elective Courses for the Concentration (minimum of 6 credits)
Construction Law & Practice (3)
Current Legal Issues in Government (Honors Seminar) (3)
Disaster Law & Policy (3)
Land Use, Zoning and Planning II (pending approval) (3)
Real Estate Transactions (3)
State and Local Government (3)
State and Local Taxation (3)
Choice of Skills Development Courses (minimum of 5 credits)
Advanced Legal Research (2)
Advanced Persuasive Writing (2)
Disaster Relief Clinic (4)
Environmental Law Practice Module (2)
Environmental Criminal Law & Practice (3)
Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic (4)
New York Legal Research (1)
2. Completion of the Advanced Writing Requirement on a topic associated with Land Use & Sustainable Development Law.
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