PLG 271 Real Property Law

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover
Effective Date:


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course introduces the basic concepts of the law of real property. Purchases and sales agreements, options, easements, deeds, title searches, closing procedures, foreclosures, evictions, condominiums, and zoning are covered.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Distinguish between real and personal property. (CCC 2; PGC 5)
  2. List characteristics of various forms of ownership of property. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
  3. Describe the components found in a standard lease. (CCC 1; PGC 5)
  4. Explain the process of buying and selling real property. (CCC 1; PGC 3, 5)
  5. Prepare for a standard residential real estate settlement. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 2, 4, 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1.  Distinguish between real and personal property.
    1. Define personal property and chattels.
    2. Define real property.
    3. Cite examples when personal property might be construed as real property and when real property might be construed as personal property.
  2. List characteristics of various forms of ownership of property.
    1. Discuss the different classifications of property.
    2. Explain the difference between fee simple and concurrent ownership.
    3. Identify types of concurrent ownership.
  3. Describe the components found in a standard lease.
    1. Explain the nature of leases.
    2. Identify and explain different types of leases.
    3. Describe the rights of lessees.
    4. Describe the rights of lessors.
  4. Explain the process of buying and selling real property.
    1. Explain the importance of recording documents.
    2. Describe different kinds of deeds.
    3. Discuss how ownership in real property is transferred.
    4. Explain the advantages of a title search.
    5. Describe the differences between mortgages and deeds of trust.
  5. Prepare for a standard residential real estate settlement.
    1. Review the fundamentals of the real estate closing process and the paralegal’s role.
    2. Perform lien and assessment searches at the Recorder of Deeds.
    3. Review the components of a title search.
    4. Prepare an amortization schedule.
    5. Draft a legal description from surveys.
    6. Complete a real estate settlement statement.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative: Tests/Quizzes (equally weighted)


Summative: Final


Summative: Practical Assignment #1


Summative: Practical Assignment #2


Formative: Participation/Homework




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


  1. Explain the present and potential role of the paralegal within the legal system.
  2. Produce documents necessary for a functioning law office.
  3. Comply with the profession’s Code of Ethics within the legal system.
  4. Use a range of research methods and information necessary to complete a variety of legal activities.
  5. Apply acquired knowledge of legal specialty areas in the workplace.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.