Professor Gallanis's section: This course provides an introduction to the legal relationships that arise out of or constitute ownership of property. Subjects covered may include, but are not limited to, the acquisition of rights in personal and real property, the nature of ownership of natural resources, the types of and rules governing concurrent and successive interests in property, the use of and limits on restraints on alienation, the law governing private restrictions on the use of land, the law of conveyancing, and an introduction to the law of takings and of landlord and tenant. Grades will be based on participation and a final examination.
Professor Prifogle's section: This course offers a doctrinal survey of property law, covering topics such as possessory estates in land, concurrent estates, nuisance, easements, covenants, zoning and land-use, eminent domain, and housing law. The course also covers the historical origins and development of property law, its theoretical justifications, and the relationship between property law and resource distribution. In short, we'll study a range of doctrines and concepts that determine what people can own, how interests in property are allocated, and the default rights and obligations that come with ownership. We'll also consider the state's role--both its power and limitations--in determining these issues and how race and gender alter one's experience, and one's community's experience, with property law. After this course you should be able to articulate how the state defines, constructs, and protects property rights, and assess the relationship between doctrinal structures and the varied lived experiences of those structures more broadly.
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.