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203 sec. 002 - Property (Spring 2023)

Instructor: John Gregory Sprankling  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


ThF 08:35 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 100
From January 12, 2023
To April 21, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: April 21, 2023
Class Number: 31915
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 48
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 85
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course is a basic survey of property law, examining the methods by which property rights are acquired, transferred, used, and regulated. Property law reflects a society’s fundamental economic, political, and social choices. It determines how the society allocates resources and thus how it distributes wealth. Coverage will include adverse possession, intellectual property, estates in land, future interests, concurrent estates, marital property, anti-discrimination statutes, landlord-tenant law, sales transactions, mortgages, easements, covenants, servitudes, zoning, environmental law, eminent domain, and constitutional limits on land use regulation. The course will lay the groundwork for advanced classes in environmental law, intellectual property, land use, real estate transactions, and trusts and estates, among other topics.

John Sprankling, a Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, is an expert on property law. He is the author or coauthor of six books on this subject, including Property: A Contemporary Approach (West), Understanding Property Law (Carolina; Peking), The International Law of Property (Oxford), and Global Issues in Property Law (West). His articles on property law have been published in journals at Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, and other schools. His most recent article is The Constitutional Right to “Establish a Home,” 90 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 632 (2022), which proposes a new method to challenge the constitutionality of exclusionary zoning. He received the Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award and has been selected as Professor of the Year by McGeorge students on multiple occasions. He has also served as the Chair of the Property Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Before joining the McGeorge faculty, he practiced law with Miller, Starr, and Regalia for 14 years, specializing in property and environmental law; during this time he also taught at Stanford Law School and UC Hastings College of the Law. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his J.D. from Berkeley Law, and his J.S.M. from Stanford.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 4 hours
Course Category: General Courses

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  • Property: A Contemporary Approach
    JOHN G. SPRANKLING, Raymond Coletta
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    ISBN: 9781684677177
    e-Book Available: No
    Price: $270.00
    Price Source: user provided

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