Real Property Law

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The specialty field of Real Property Law is the practice of law in Minnesota dealing with matters relating to real property transactions including but not limited to, real estate conveyances, title searches, leases, condominiums, mortgages, and other liens, property taxes, real estate development, real estate financing, and determination of property rights, all with consideration to related fields of law.

Next Exam Dates

Next Exam will be offered on April 25, 2020.

CLE/Study Group Sessions to Prepare for the Exam:

To prepare for the next Real Property Certification Exam, the MSBA will be offering several study group sessions beginning on June 26, 2020 and running about once a month through January 2020. The MSBA will be seeking CLE credit on each of these sessions. These study group sessions will be moderated by experts on each of the topic areas, and they are designed specifically to prepare attorneys for the Real Property Certification Exam. These sessions are also a good review for any attorney practicing in these areas. The cost for each session is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. The sessions will be offered in-person and for remote participation. Lunch will be provided as part of your registration fee.  Materials for these sessions may be purchased from Minnesota CLE, click here for details. Registration for each of these sessions will be available approximately 1 month prior to the session.

The current schedule for these sessions is as follows:  

June Topic: Commercial Landlord/Tenant 6/26/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Mary Ranum 

July Topic: Contracts for Deed 7/31/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Larry Wertheim

August Topic: Torrens System & Title Examination 8/21/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderators Matthew Foli & Barbara Buhr Gilmore Register Here 

September Topic: Land Use Regulations 9/25/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Pat Steinhoff

October Topic: Environmental Liability in Real Estate Transactions 10/30/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Paul S. Moe

November Topics:

Survey Guidelines & the Tract Index 11/13/2019 11:30-1:00 pm, Rinke Noonan Law Firm, St. Cloud, Moderators David Meyers and Bob Russell

Mechanic's Liens 11/20/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Chris Grote

December Topic: Residential Landlord Tenant Issues 12/18/2019 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Doug Turner 

January Topic: Purchasing & Selling Real Property 1/8/2020 12:00-1:00 pm, MSBA Minneapolis, Moderator Marvin Liszt

Tentative Topic - The Closing Statement & Related Closing Topics - Moderator and Date to be determined.

Real Property Board

Karen Barte Bjorkman, Chair
Todd D Ahlquist, Vice Chair   
Laura L. Krenz
Thomas J. Radio
Gary A. Renneke
Catherine (Trina) Sjoberg
David Meyers



 Frequently asked Questions about the exam


When is the exam? 8:30 am on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The deadline for applying is April 1, 2020. The Standards and an Initial Application can be found at Exam will be offered at the MSBA offices.


How long is the exam? 4 hours.


What will be on it? Five short answer essay question and fewer than 40 multiple choice questions.


Who grades the exams? Each essay will be graded against the model answers by a Certification Board member.


Do I need to be a member of the MSBA? No, membership in the MSBA is not required of certified specialists.


How many attorneys are MSBA Certified Real Property Law Specialists? Currently there are 314.


For more information contact Sue Koplin at 612-278-6318 or at