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What will I learn?

The USC Dollinger Master of Real Estate Development/Juris Doctor (MRED/JD) dual degree program is designed for in-depth study of legal issues with a specialized focus on real estate.

The complex regulatory environment developers work within demands that professionals in the industry can effectively negotiate the many systems and institutions involved in a project. Lawyers who plan to specialize in real state law will benefit from knowledge of the issues such as finance, site planning, marketing, and design.

Candidates must apply and be accepted to both the Gould School of Law and the Price School of Public Policy. This program normally requires three years (including one summer) of full-time study in residence to complete.


Students must complete 110 units, including 76 units in law and 34 units in real estate development. To earn the JD, all students (including dual degree students) must complete 35 numerically graded law units at USC after the first year.

Law School

Procedure I (LAW 502) – 4 units

Contracts (LAW 503) – 4 units

Criminal Law (LAW 504) – 3 units

Legal Profession (LAW 505) – 3 units

Property (LAW 507) – 4 units

Constitutional Law I (LAW 508) – 4 units

Torts I (LAW 509) – 4 units

Legal Research (LAW 510) – 0 units

Introduction to Lawyering Skills (LAW 511ab) – 1 unit each

Law, Language, and Ethics (LAW 512) – 3 units

In addition, students must complete 45 units of LAW electives, including fulfillment of upper division writing.

Real Estate Development

Real Estate Development and the Economy (RED 500) – 2 units

Market Analysis for Real Estate (RED 509) – 4 units

Finance Fundamentals for Real Estate Development (RED 541) – 2 units

Finance of Real Estate Development (RED 542) – 3 units

Real Estate Capital Markets (RED 544) – 2 units

Applications of Real Estate Finance to Problems of Development (RED 546) – 3 units

Project Management and Construction (RED 547) – 2 units

The Approval Process (RED 551) – 4 units

Design History and Criticism (RED 573) – 2 units

Building Typologies (RED 574) – 2 units

Community Design and Site Planning (RED 575L) – 4 units

Real Estate Product Development (RED 598) – 2 units

Which department am I in?

USC Gould School of Law

Study options

Full Time (110 units)

Tuition fees
USD $66,306 /year for Juris Doctor; USD $57,256 /year for MRED
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.