How to Become a Licensed Conveyancer

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A conveyancer is the term used in the United Kingdom to describe a lawyer who specializes in the legal aspects of real estate, in particular the buying and selling of land and buildings. In essence, a licensed conveyancer is a lawyer who acts on behalf of a client regarding the purchase or sale of a piece of property and who also researches and drafts all contracts related to the sale.

  • Complete your legal education and any preliminary courses as required by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Its website outlines the appropriate courses such as Law of Contract, Land Law and Introduction of Law and Legal Method. You must have a passing mark of 50 percent in each assignment to be eligible to sit for the licensing exams.

  • Undergo two years of supervised training under the guidance of a lending institution, building society, local government office or law office.

  • Download and complete an application for a license from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers' website. It should be submitted to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

  • Wait to receive your appointment for an interview. Attend the interview on the date specified.

  • Take the licensing exams issued by the council. You'll receive the license in the mail if you pass.

Tips & Warnings

  • The licensing exams are difficult, so you may want to consider taking courses to help you prepare.
  • You must be considered a "fit and proper person" to be issued a license. You may wish to contact the council directly for any clarifications of this prerequisite. Furthermore, the license expires annually, and you must reapply each year and undergo additional training in order to remain eligible.

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