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Real Estate Transactions: Problems, Cases, and Materials, 5E

Front Cover - Real Estate Transactions: Problems, Cases, and Materials, 5E

Fifth Edition


Robin Paul Malloy
Stanford University

James Charles Smith
University of Georgia

2017. 684 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7106-4. 

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About the Book

A concise text that provides students with the tools necessary to understand real estate transactions in a real-world market setting.  

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • The authors include problem sets throughout the book to enhance the learning of legal analysis and lawyering skills. The goal is to balance theory and practice by emphasizing what successful transaction lawyers do on a daily basis. Mindful of recent ABA requirements for developing outcome guidelines and assessments for students, we recommend that some of the problems be assigned to students to write up and answer for submission and assessment. The assessment scores earned on each problem assigned can be added up and used to establish a part of a studentís grade for the course. In addition to providing an opportunity, beyond the final examination, for a student to demonstrate mastery of the material, writing up the problems can provide a faculty member with important information about student learning. Among the outcomes that can be assessed are a studentís ability to: 1) identify the important legal issues in a fact pattern; 2) identify and apply controlling law to the relevant facts; 3) develop a logical and persuasive resolution to the problem; and, 4) write in an organized and clear manner in order to effectively communicate useful knowledge to the reader.

What are the benefits/main sales features of the book:

  • Clear and concise explanations on each topic area with straightforward examples.
  • An integrated approach to explaining market and ethical constraints on transactional real estate lawyers.
  • Detailed text explaining basic elements and market factors involved in each area of law.
  • Excellent problems that increase in difficulty with each section.
  • Cases illustrating key points of commercial and residential real estate and the way problems arise in practice, and cases and materials revealing ethical and professional responsibility issues that allow students to see professional ethics in a real-world context.

Preface / Sample Chapters