• Located in the heart of New York City, Cardozo Law houses a real estate program with a nationally recognized faculty composed of prominent scholars and highly successful practitioners.

The Center for Real Estate Law & Policy is Cardozo’s focal point for the study of real estate law as well as a center for vital discussion of major issues in the nation’s largest real estate market and beyond. Professor Stewart Sterk, the director of the center, is one of the ten most-cited property professors in the United States and a leading real estate expert.


The program includes:

  • Curricular offerings including Real Estate Transactions, Environmental Law, Taxation of Real Estate Transactions, Bankruptcy, Alternative Business Entities and Real Estate Contract Drafting
  • A robust real estate externship program launched in January 2016.
  • A nationally recognized faculty composed of prominent scholars and highly successful practitioners
  • The Stephen B. Siegel Program in Real Estate Law, which supports curriculum, publications and academic research
  • The New York Real Estate Law Reporter, a monthly survey of the most important real estate cases decided in New York. It provides concise summaries of court decisions alongside analysis written by students as well as articles by leading practitioners and scholars on topics of current importance to real estate lawyers
  • A speaker series and CLE courses
  • The Real Estate Concentration
  • The Real Estate Advisory Board, providing access to some of the city’s top industry leaders

Director: Professor Stewart SterkH. Bert and Ruth Mack Professor of Real Estate Law

Professor Sterk has written widely on property and real estate issues. He is the co-editor of a leading casebook on land use law, and he is the editor of the New York Real Estate Law Reporter. A member of the American Law Institute, he served as an advisor in the preparation of the Restatement (Third) of Property (Servitudes).

Professor Sterk has been awarded “Best Professor” or “Best First-Year Professor” at Cardozo Law 11 times.