Course Description

This course provides an introduction to real estate theory, emphasizing California law and focusing on practical paralegal tasks associated with real estate transactions. It covers estates in real property, real estate sales, real estate development, leasing, liens, real estate financing, tax and title protection, real estate litigation, and land use regulation. Students gain practical, hands-on experience by completing typical real estate paralegal exercises, such as researching titles, recording deeds, drafting unlawful detainer papers, and drafting liens.


Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Describe the real estate sales process
  • Summarize the steps involved in real estate development
  • Identify leasehold estates
  • Define the necessary steps for tax and title protection
  • Describe the process of real estate litigation, and land use regulation
  • Research titles, record deeds, draft unlawful detainer papers and liens


Certification Disclosure: In California an individual may qualify to hold one’s self out as a paralegal in one of several ways including earning a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. (Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code §6450(c)(1).) The Paralegal Professional Certificate program offered by UCSB PaCe satisfies the requirements of California law in this regard.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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