»Environmental, Land Use & Real Estate Law

Environmental, Land Use & Real Estate LawDiffering from traditional environmental and real estate law programs, Chapman University Fowler/ School of Law's Emphasis Program in Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law (ENLURE Program) integrates the study of environmental protection and land use regulation with the study of real property transactions and development, leading to a certificate and transcript notation.  Professor Kenneth Stahl Directs the Program.

Students write research papers that may be published, and ultimately pursue career opportunities that take them to the cutting edge of environmental, land use, and real estate law.  All of this occurs in the ecologically stunning and economically vibrant environment of Southern California, a perfect laboratory in which to study land resources issues.

+-Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of the ENLURE Program requires the law student to

  • Earn a minimum 2.6 overall cumulative GPA
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the certificate courses
  • Complete the two (4) core courses (Real Property I and II, Constitutional Law I and II)
  • Complete at least two (2) of the core electives required (Environmental Law, Land Use Regulation or Real Estate Transactions)
  • Complete at least 4 (four) approved electives, including core electives
  • ENLURE-related writing requirement

+-Core Courses

Core Courses

Real Property I (3)
Property law is studied as a social and legal institution to facilitate the acquisition, disposition, and use of personal and real property.  Over two semesters, students explore a variety of rights and responsibilities in property, including distinctions between real and personal property, the nature of ownership and possession, adverse possession, landlord-tenant law, present and future estates in land, concurrent ownership, conveyancing and deeds, recording, private land-use restrictions (easements, covenants, and equitable servitudes), public land-use regulations, and eminent domain. The course may include introductory exposure to trusts, donative transfers, intellectual property, fixtures, mortgages, and ownership of natural resources (i.e., water, oil, gas, wildlife).

Real Property II (3)
This course is a continuation of the two-semester first year year requirement. It is studied as a social and legal institution to facilitate the acquisition, disposition, and use of personal and real property.  Over two semesters, students explore a variety of rights and responsibilities in property, including distinctions between real and personal property, the nature of ownership and possession, adverse possession, landlord-tenant law, present and future estates in land, concurrent ownership, conveyancing and deeds, recording, private land-use restrictions (easements, covenants, and equitable servitudes), public land-use regulations, and eminent domain. The course may include introductory exposure to trusts, donative transfers, intellectual property, fixtures, mortgages, and ownership of natural resources (i.e., water, oil, gas, wildlife).

Constitutional Law I (3) & Constitutional Law II (3)
These courses cover the powers of the federal government and selected topics regarding the relationship of the branches of the federal government to each other and to the States, as well as selected topics regarding the Bill of Rights, due process, equal protection, and the effect of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the States.

Core Electives (Must complete at least two (2) of the following)

Environmental Law (3)
This course constitutes an analysis of the ends and means of environmental protection through study of statutes, administrative regulations and practices, and judicial decisions treating the protection of the environment in the United States. Topics may include statutes that regulate pollution emissions (e.g., Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act); procedural requirements (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act); administrative law (e.g., standing, standards of judicial review); hazardous and toxic substances and wastes; risk assessment and management; natural resources and wildlife conservation; enforcement and liability; and environmental justice. This is a core requirement in the Certificate in Environmental Law, Land Use, and Real Estate Law. The grade in this course is based on a paper.  Note: for the course paper to apply towards the Scholarly Writing requirement, students must meet the minimum grade requirement set by the professor.

Land Use Regulation (3)
This course examines the government regulation of land use and development. It is a course in applied constitutional, administrative, and property law. The material covers land use planning, zoning, advanced and flexible zoning mechanisms, subdivision controls, constitutional and state law constraints on regulation, the economics and politics of land development, growth controls, the environmental regulation of land use and ecosystems, and alternatives to regulation. Students are exposed to business decision making, public problem solving, regulatory permitting, and social science analyses.

Real Estate Transactions (3)
A study of various aspects of real estate transactions and financing. Topics may include contracts of sale, brokerage, buyer-seller rights and obligations, title insurance, development, commercial leasing, mortgages, deeds of trust, liens, foreclosure, receivership, priorities, subordination, suretyship, securitization, tax considerations, and strategies of negotiation and drafting

+-Approved Electives

Specific offerings may vary from year to year, depending on periodic rotation of electives, instructor availability, student interest, and scheduling dynamics. For more information, view our course descriptions.
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Land Use Practice Seminar
  • Advanced Real Estate Finance
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Construction Law
  • Ecosystems & Legal Problem-Solving
  • Environmental Justice Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Practice
  • Externship (if approved by ENLURE Director, depending on placement)
  • Global Climate Change Governance
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Land Use Practice Seminar
  • Local Government Law
  • Local Government Real Estate Practice
  • Taxation of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development and Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Seminar in Land Use Law, Planning & Policy
  • Toxic Torts
  • Water Law

Certain externships and directed research projects, both for credit, can be counted towards the Certificate. Many students take advantage of externships and directed research papers to develop further specialization in particular areas of interest. Approved externship placements relevant to the ENLURE Program include

  • Attorney General of California - Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources divisions
  • Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • County Counsel's Office (Orange and Riverside)
  • Several city attorneys' offices (Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana),
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office-Environmental Protection Unit
  • Fair Housing Council
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Heal the Bay
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Public Law Center
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Find out more information about Chapman's externship program.

+-Faculty

In the ENLURE Program, students learn from distinguished scholars and mentors, including a former Assistant US attorney, a United Nations Global Compact Consultant, Property Rights experts, and attorneys with extensive legal experience.

A variety of other faculty and administrators are involved in projects, research, and classes that relate to the ENLURE Program. Distinguished practitioners bring their expertise to the classroom as adjunct professors and speakers in ENLURE courses. They include Thomas A. (Matt) Miller, Senior Deputy Counsel for Orange County, Christopher Natland, a partner at Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP, Tim Paone, a land use and environmental attorney at Theodora, Oringher, Miller & Richman, Mark Rothenberg, a land use and real estate attorney for Southern California Edison and Michele Staples, a water law attorney.

+-Contact Us

For more information about the ENLURE program please contact, 

Kenneth A. Stahl
ENLURE Director and Associate Professor

Phone: (714) 628-2631
Email:kstahl@chapman.edu or enlure@chapman.edu
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Center for Land Resources

The Center for Land Resources, directed by Professor Daniel Bogart, brings the expertise and resources of Chapman University to the service of the public and the profession through educational programs, research, and community service initiatives.

Environmental Law Society and Real Estate Transactions Society

The Environmental Law Society and Real Estate Transactions Society sponsor hiking events and other social outings, speakers and forums on critical issues, information about career opportunities, and community service projects.  Guest speakers have discussed issues like real estate lawyering, the status of the world's oceans and their environmental degradation, the Bolsa Chica wetlands and development proposals, the restoration of the Salton Sea, the Avila Beach cleanup, airport development and privatization, and the future of land development in Southern California.