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How do I Become a Mortgage Attorney?

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  • Last Modified Date: 28 October 2016
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To become a mortgage attorney, it is important to have a plan and to know the path that is required to attain this position. The process and requirements vary according to geographic area. Typically, a law degree from a university or an institution of higher learning is required. Sometimes, passing an exam is a requirement of practicing law. For example, in the United States a person is required to pass a bar exam in the state in which they plan to practice law. A local attorney licensing agency can provide specific information about all necessary requirements.

The first step to become a mortgage attorney is to obtain a college degree in law or political science. Once this degree is complete, an individual will move on to law school, where it will be possible to specialize in a particular area of the law. To become a mortgage attorney, courses in intellectual property, real estate law, and mortgage contracts will be important. Law courses related to real estate taxes will also be beneficial for those seeking to become a mortgage attorney.

Once educational requirements are finalized, testing or licensing must be completed. Experience and on-the-job training will be beneficial after testing. An individual may gain this experience by applying for an internship with a mortgage law firm or with a firm specializing in foreclosure. There are many types of real estate law firms that can offer recent graduates valuable experience.

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To become a mortgage attorney and gain knowledge and experience in the real estate industry, it can be helpful to intern with a seasoned mortgage attorney. Attorneys who have years of experience can lend a new attorney very useful information and insight. The learning process does not end in the classroom, because real life experience can help a person become a more knowledgeable attorney.

A mortgage attorney can represent institutional or private lenders. They may also can represent real estate buyers who define mortgage terms. These attorneys also help people who need to renegotiate the terms of their mortgages due to changing market values or danger of property foreclosure. During times of economic crisis or real estate collapse, mortgage attorneys may be very busy.

Mortgage law firms look for new attorneys to have knowledge in business as well as in law. Understanding the economics of running a law firm is just as important as knowledge of the law. Networking and business development courses will come in handy for those looking to become a mortgage attorney. These courses will help a new attorney become an asset to a law firm and jump start a successful career.

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