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203 sec. 002 - Property (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Molly Van Houweling  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


WF 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 110
From January 12, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 12, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31464
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 87
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 120
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

This is a basic survey of the law of property, examining the forms and methods by which property interests are acquired, transferred, used, and regulated. It will lay the groundwork for advanced courses in intellectual property, real estate transactions, trusts and estates, land use, and environmental law, among other topics.

There is no printed casebook to buy for this class. We will be using a custom version of an open source property casebook, which will be posted on bCourses.

Upon completion of the course, you should have achieved the following Berkeley Law Learning Outcomes:
• Knowledge and understanding of substantive law
• Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context
• Using the law to solve real-world problems and to create a more just society

You should also achieve learning outcomes specific to this class. Namely, you should be able to articulate the key attributes that are commonly associated with “property”; to describe the rules and policies related to initial acquisition and subsequent transfer of property rights in land, personal property, and some forms of intellectual property; to identify and solve problems regarding different types of ownership interests (including basic estates, future interests, and co-ownership interests); and to understand and apply different legal regimes that govern how people can use resources to which they or others have property rights (including the laws of nuisance, zoning, servitudes, and eminent domain). As you master these topics, you should also become familiar with the modes of argument and policy concerns that are typical in debates about property.

Throughout the class, we will be attentive to how property law shapes and is shaped by systemic racism and other hierarchies of power.

Depending on the public health situation, this class may be conducted via Zoom to accommodate the instructor's family health situation.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 4 hours
Course Category: General Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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