Real estate can be a professionally smart career focus for several reasons. Because it is a niche practice, attorneys feel they can get their arms around the law and become an expert in the field at a faster pace than in other practice areas. At the same time, it can involve a wide range of sub-areas (finance, development, acquisitions, zoning, leasing, residential), which keeps attorneys interested and feeling challenged, with potential to develop a broad skill set. On a practical level, real estate attorneys have a greater ability to relocate, unlike some areas of law that are more geographic-centric. And most real estate practices are lean groups within law firms and, even when they are not, real estate transactions tend to be leanly-staffed, affording attorneys more opportunity to learn and gain substantive experience early on.