TBLS defines the term "farm and ranch real estate law" to include "providing advice and services in connection with the acquisition, ownership, financing, use, transfer and disposition of farm and ranch property, including a basic knowledge of mineral rights."
To become board certified in farm and ranch real estate law, the attorney must show that a minimum of 30% of his or her total time practicing Texas real estate law during each year of the three (3) years immediately preceding application. Additionally, the attorney must show that at least ten percent (10%) of the attorney's total time is devoted to the practice of Texas farm and ranch real estate law during each year of the three (3) years immediately preceding application.
The program for Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law was launched in 1983. At last count, more than 60 attorneys are board certified in this specialty practice area.
To become board certified, the attorney must pass an examination in farm and ranch real estate law. The essay questions related to "Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law" include "the nature and extent of real estate ownership interests, surface and mineral estate leases, and other issues in acquisition of large parcels of land such as easements, water rights, and ad valorem taxation."
According to the TBLS Exam Specifications, the topics on the examination also include: