Legal Aspects of Real Estate

Real estate salesperson candidates in California are required to undergo a minimum of 135 hours of license training. This includes the following courses:

  • California Real Estate Principles (required, 45 hours)
  • California Real Estate Practice (required, 45 hours)
  • One Real Estate Elective topic (45 hours)

This online prelicense course, titled “Legal Aspects of Real Estate,” satisfies the 45-hour requirement for the Real Estate Elective education in California, essential for obtaining a salesperson real estate license. For specific license application requirements, students are encouraged to visit the website of the California Department of Real Estate at Garrity Traina.

Course Content

All the course materials and tests are delivered online. No substitute methods of completing this course are allowed. The California Real Estate Law course covers fifteen essential topics, including:

  1. The Foundation of Real Estate Law and Its Enforcement
  2. Agency Law
  3. Characteristics of Real Property
  4. Estates in Real Property and Forms of Ownership
  5. Contract Law
  6. Real Estate Contracts of Employment
  7. Transaction Agreements
  8. Transaction Disclosures and Documentation
  9. Transfer of Title
  10. Liens and Encumbrances
  11. Real Estate Security Instruments and Finance Documentation
  12. Escrow and Closing
  13. Government Rights and Limitations on Private Land Ownership
  14. Landlord and Tenant Law
  15. Real Estate License Law

Course Instructors

Upon enrollment in the pre-license course, you will be assigned a primary instructor who will assist you with any questions regarding the course content or navigation. Feel free to contact your instructor via telephone or email.

Equipment Required

The OnlineEd California Real Estate Law course is presented online, so all you need to complete the course is a web browser and an internet connection.

Completion Timelines

You have the flexibility to complete this Pre-License Course at your own pace. The course is designed to take a minimum of 45 hours. During this time, you will read the course materials, study and master the concepts, complete the course exercise sets, review support materials, and successfully pass the final examination.

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Please note that the California Department of Real Estate requires that pre-license courses be completed no sooner than 17-1/2 days from enrollment, per course. Therefore, if you purchase a package that includes the 135 hours required for a California salesperson license, the course cannot be completed in less than 54 days from enrollment.

You will have a maximum of 365 days from enrollment to complete the course. After this period, your course access will end.

Course Material

This course includes approximately 45 hours of reading material adapted from the textbook “California Real Estate Principles” by OnlineEd, LLC., published by OnlineEd. Each chapter of the online California Real Estate Law course is followed by a quiz that must be passed before moving on to the next chapter.

A final examination, consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions, is required at the end of the course. To complete the course, a test score of 75% or greater is necessary. Please note that the final examination is not downloadable or printable. It has a time limit of 3 hours, and any unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect. Students who do not pass the final exam have the opportunity to retake it using an alternate set of questions.

Students taking pre-license courses are allowed to complete one final exam per 17-1/2 day period, according to the rules set by the DRE.

Withdrawal and Refund Information

Here is the cancellation and refund policy:

  1. OnlineEd will consider post-sale rebate requests for differences in product pricing due to promotions or coupons only if the request is made within three business days of purchase. After this period, rebate requests will not be honored, and price-matching with competitors’ products will not be available.
  2. Students may cancel enrollment by sending an email to with the subject line “REFUND REQUEST.” Alternatively, they can send a cancellation notice via U.S. Mail to: OnlineEd, School Director’s Office, 14355 SW Allen Blvd., Suite 240, Portland, OR 97005. The date of delivery will be determined by the US Postmark.
  3. Unless OnlineEd discontinues the program, the student will be financially obligated according to the following conditions:
    • 48 Hour Preview: Within 48 hours of enrollment, students can view the OnlineEd program without penalty. After this period, “program commencement” is triggered. Costs incurred by OnlineEd for already shipped textbooks, calculators, and promotional items are non-refundable and will be deducted from the refund amount.
    • Cancellation After 48 Hours: If the student withdraws from the program or is terminated by OnlineEd for violations of the Student Conduct Policy or nonpayment, a $25.00 cancellation fee, a $30.00 materials access fee per course, and a registration fee of 15% of the sale price or $50 (whichever is less) will be charged. If the student’s outstanding balance exceeds the total amount already paid, there will be no additional charges or refunds. If a third party paid for the course, they have the authority to terminate it at any time without notice or approval. Refunds under this clause are issued to the third party, not the student. It is important for students to reach an agreement with the third party regarding the handling of such situations.
    • Cancellation After 30 Days from Enrollment: If the student withdraws from the program or is terminated by OnlineEd for violations of the Student Conduct Policy or nonpayment after 30 days from course enrollment, they will be responsible for the entire tuition charged by OnlineEd and will not be eligible for any refund.
  4. Refund of Bundled Items, Promotions, Textbooks, Surcharges, and Incentives: OnlineEd does not refund the costs of textbooks, surcharges, shipping charges, promotional items, or additional bundled courses and items.
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Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended to contact the California Department of Real Estate to determine whether you are eligible to sit for the California Real Estate Salesperson examination, as certain age and other requirements must be met.

OnlineEd is a course provider and does not determine your eligibility for a CA real estate license. The licensing process is solely between you and the California Department of Real Estate.

Course Identification Statement

To verify your identity, you will be required to provide certain information at the time of enrollment and again before taking the final examination. Accepted forms of identification include a current California driver’s license, identification permitted under the California Vehicle Code, or any identification issued by a governmental agency or recognized real estate-related trade organization within the past five years. These forms of ID must bear your photograph, signature, and identification number. Additionally, you will need to provide unique answers to additional security questions.

DRE Disclaimer

This course is approved by the California Department of Real Estate for pre-license credit. However, this approval does not constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions expressed by the course sponsor, instructor, authors, or lecturers.

OnlineEd Disclaimer

The California Department of Real Estate does not approve or endorse any of the forms used in this course, except those prescribed by State and Federal Law. While this publication aims to provide accurate information, it is sold with the understanding that the distributor, author, and publisher are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice. If you require such advice or expert assistance, it is advisable to seek the services of a competent professional. Before acting on any suggestion, recommendation, or using any sample form contained herein, consult your managing supervisor for approval.

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Course Evaluation

Upon completing this course, you are encouraged to fill out the California Department of Real Estate’s online course evaluation form, which can be accessed here.

Course Provider Complaint Statement

For any complaints regarding the course provider, a complaint form can be found on the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) website at You can access this form by searching for “RE 340” in the search box on the home page. Additionally, an informational form regarding course provider complaints, “RE 340A,” is also available.