This course has two basic purposes. The first is a basic survey of the law of property which examines the forms and methods by which property interests are held, used, and transferred. More specifically, it investigates gifts of personal property, adverse possession, conveyancing of real property, estates and future interests, concurrent ownership, nuisance, easements, covenants, zoning, takings, and eminent domain.
The course's second purpose grows out of the fact that it is the foundational course which most centrally depends on the common law. It is therefore an excellent vehicle for acquiring skills in handling the common law that are essential for success in law school and in the practice of law. The course, then, is intended to help students become (1) perceptive readers of legal documents (including statutes, regulations, cases, deeds, contracts, and so on); (2) adept at analyzing the structure of legal arguments; and (3) acute in criticizing legal arguments.
Note: this course is a foundational course which is recommended -- and sometimes required -- before taking some upper-level offerings in intellectual property, real estate, or land use law.
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