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LICENSURE

Licensed and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina as of the date of application.

SUBSTANTIAL INVOLVEMENT IN REAL PROPERTY LAW

During the five years preceding application:

Average of at least 500 hours a year.

Minimum of 400 hours for any one year.

Practice equivalents may be accepted for the following:

  • service as a law professor in real property for one year.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

During the three years preceding application:

At least 36 hours of CLE in real property law.

No less than 6 hours in any one year.

Of the 36 hours, at least 30 hours shall be in real property law.

The balance may be in the related areas of environmental law, taxation, business organizations, estate planning and probate law, and elder law.

PEER REVIEW

Must provide the names of ten lawyers or judges who are familiar with the competence and qualification of the applicant in real property law.

All references must be licensed and in good standing to practice law.

A reference may not be related by blood or marriage to the applicant nor may the reference be a colleague at the applicant’s place of employment at the time of the application.

EXAM

6 hours long (two 3-hour sessions).

Morning Session – general real property law - 9 AM to 12 PM.

Afternoon session – either residential or commercial real property law- 2 PM to 5 PM.

If seeking certification in both residential and commercial, an additional 3 hour exam portion will be scheduled the following day.

Exam administered at the NC State Bar building.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS

Additional provisions may apply, so please review the certification standards set forth in 27 NCAC Subchapter D, Sections .2100.