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Reading and Drawing Legal Descriptions

Learn to follow simple and complex legal descriptions on a survey or map. Draw metes and bounds legal descriptions from written text and identify possible gaps and overlaps. Recognize valid descriptions for condominiums, townhouses, common interest communities,  timeshares and cooperatives. 


Reading and Drawing Legal Descriptions


All of our courses are self-paced, available 24/7 and are fully online! Reading and Drawing Legal Descriptions is a core competency for anyone dealing with land titles and land descriptions.

Used by Abstractors, State and County Recorders, GIS professionals, and anyone dealing with legal descriptions. Helpful for those studying for their abstractor license.

This is a 15-hour, self-directed, hands-on course covering the Public Land Survey, surveying basics, Metes and Bounds, Subdivision of land, the legal make-up of condos, townhouses, time-shares, and the laws that govern them.

Discusses typical legal description issues and how to deal with them.

Course Content Includes:

  • Public Land Survey
  • Metes and Bounds
  • Azimuths and Calls to the Left and Right
  • Lines, Tangents, and Curves, oh my!
  • Subdivided Lands, Plats and Re-Plats
  • Common Interest Communities, Townhouses, Condos, and Time-shares