Can a lawyer be a real estate broker- California

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Hi BP,

To my understanding, a lawyer can become a broker without obtaining their real estate salesperson license as long as he/she passes the broker exam.

Can a lawyer endorse a real estate salesperson to become a broker after he/she completes their 2 years of experience? 


Lawyers can conduct real estate transactions without a real estate license because they are already licensed to practice law, and therefore write up contracts. If they want to become a Broker, they will have to take and pass the exam.

@Nathan G.

Maybe. Depends on the state. They can’t provide dual professional counsel simultaneously, so your broker cannot provide legal advice in the same transaction. It’s a conflict and you can find examples in state’s ethics opinions.