Professor Schneider's section: 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.
Professor Prifogle's section: This historically-grounded course offers a survey of property law, covering topics such as possessory estates in land, concurrent estates, nuisance, easements, and covenants, personal zoning and land-use, takings, eminent domain, personal property, and housing law. Through studying property law doctrine, students will examine the ways in which the state defines, constructs, and protects property rights. We will pay careful attention to how property law both creates physical spaces and to the social and economic ramifications of property law.
Professor Cornell's section: This foundational course surveys the law of property, which defines the interests, rights, and duties with respect to spaces and things that the law recognizes and protects. The course covers how property interests may be obtained, held, used, and transferred, as found in the law of possessory estates and future interests in land, concurrent estates, easements, covenants, personal property, bailments, intellectual property, conveyancing, adverse possession, nuisance, zoning and land-use, takings, and housing law. The concepts of property, possession, and ownership--and the consequences flowing from these concepts--will be constantly examined. The overall focus will be on how property law fundamentally structures the rights and duties between individuals in their interactions with the world, shaping our physical, social, and economic spaces.