How Law School Education Propels Real Estate Career
In Chapter 13 of 21 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, New York City Council candidate and public relations executive Ken Biberaj, after arriving in New York City in 2005, takes night school courses at New York Law School to learn the law associated with real estate. The experience helps him learn real estate while working a full time job. Ken Biberaj is currently a 2013 Candidate for New York City Council for the West Side of Manhattan.
Erik: How have you applied your law school education in your real estate career? Ken: I went to law school basically because of real estate. So when I came to New York in 2005, I did not have a lot of experience in real estate, so what I decided to do was to go to law school at night and focus on just real estate law, so it was an amazing opportunity for me because I spent some time before law school started, taking night classes in just real estate, so to learn architecture, development and so on. I like to kind of really dive in to things and really understand them, I had made the commitment that I was now gonna be in real estate, so I felt that the best way to kind of approach that was to understand the law associated with real estate, so I went to New York law school and they have an amazing real estate program there, I went at night. And law school was great for me because I did not wanna go to a big firm, so my whole thing was I was gonna keep working exactly where I was working while I went to law school. So I was able to kind of come to law school with a different approach where I was just taking the classes I wanted, I got to learn what I needed to learn, I got specialized in real estate, and when I graduated, took the bar, passed the bar, you know, law is everywhere, and law is everywhere especially in real estate, so now at our own firm, you know whether a lease is coming through or a contract or, you know, a negotiation, having the law degree is just invaluable in that process. And having just gone through law school, you study all these cases of all these problems and situations and you know opportunities that take place so you get a competitive advantage. So now when I sit at a table and you’re negotiating something, having a law degree and being a lawyer is so valuable to just the process. You know and obviously you take a law degree to you know everywhere else, working in government politics and so on, so I don’t think it ever hurts to have a law degree, I use it every day and the purpose I went to law school was really for real estate reasons, to learn it, to learn real estate even more.