How to Become a Lawyer

How to Be a Real Estate Lawyer

A real estate attorney helps clients locate the right house and find the right buyer or seller, assists with price negotiations and deals with the closing documents.

A real estate attorney also reviews offers and makes sure to protect the client’s rights in the process of selling or buying a house. Buying or selling a house is an important transaction that needs a legal eye to make sure everything stays in order. A real estate lawyer has to have organizational skills, pay close attention to details and know everything about the real estate law and business.

1. Enroll in an undergraduate program. Choose a major that will help you develop writing and reasoning skills and assist you in your future career as a real estate attorney. A business education might prove beneficial along the way, but you can basically choose any major or minor you want. Get you Bachelor’s degree, one of the main requirements of most American Bar Association-approved law schools.

2. The ABA approves 199 law schools, and making a choice between them can prove confusing. Talk to the pre-law adviser at your school to get some initial guidance. Short list several law school and visit their websites to see the curriculum they offer and their admission requirements.

3. While in your senior year, start studying for the LSAT. The secret to getting a high LSAT score involves a lot of practice. If you can afford it, register for an LSAT preparation course. The investment will usually reflect in your LSAT results.

4. Gather all application documents, including school records, LSAT scores, letters of recommendation, and your resume and essays, then submit them to the Law School Admission Council’s website. Arrange for them to send your application to law schools before the specific deadlines.

5. Law schools have financial aid systems. Check the website of your future law school to see if it offers any options available to you. Law schools offer financial aid and scholarships to students with excellent academic backgrounds. If your undergraduate records are not great, consider getting a federal or private loan. Going to law school poses a challenge to one’s budget, and few families can afford paying tuition fees and living expenses over three years of study.

6. You will have to graduate three years of law schools before getting your degree. Use the three years wisely and focus on your interests. Study real estate law and keep up to date with developments in the real estate business. A real estate attorney has to understand both the legal and economic concerns of her clients.

7. Pass the bar exam in your state. You will have a few weeks to review federal and state law after graduation before taking the bar exam. Get your license and start advertising yourself as a real estate attorney. Send in your resume to local law firms and create your own website to attract clients.