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.

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Kara Haro

Certified Legal Specialists Director
(612) 278-6329


Real Property Board

Karen Barte Bjorkman Chair
Todd D Ahlquist    
Paul Kilgore
Laura L. Krenz
Thomas J. Radio
Gary A. Renneke
Catherine (Trina) Sjoberg



Frequently asked Questions about the exam


When is the exam? 8:30 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The deadline for applying is February 1, 2018. The Standards and an Initial Application can be found at Exam will be offered at the MSBA offices and in Duluth (if there is enough interest).


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 341.


For more information contact Jessica Thomas at 612-278-6318 or at