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203 sec. 001 - Property (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Christine Klein  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


ThF 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 110
From August 24, 2023
To December 01, 2023

Course Start: August 24, 2023
Course End: December 01, 2023
Class Number: 32125

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 33
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 120
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

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.

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
• Ability to critically assess laws and legal institutions, including the ways in which they shape and are shaped by racism and other forms of systemic inequality
• 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; to identify and solve problems regarding different types of ownership interests (including basic estates, future interests, and co-ownership interests); to distinguish between freehold and nonfreehold estates, and between possessory and nonpossessory property rights; and to articulate constitutional, statutory, and common law limitations on the scope and use of property rights. As you master these topics, you should also become familiar with the modes of argument that are typical in debates about property, including fact-based, precedent-based, and policy-based arguments. Throughout the class, we will be attentive to how property law shapes and is shaped by systemic racism and other hierarchies of power.

The course will be taught by Christine A. Klein, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law, who obtained her law degrees from Columbia University Law School (LL.M.) and the University of Colorado Law School (J.D.). Professor Klein began her career as a water rights litigator in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General, and specializes in natural resources law, water rights law, and property law. Her CV and biographical information are available here:

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: General Courses

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  • Property: Cases, Problems, and Skills
    Christine A. Klein
    Publisher: Aspen Publishing
    ISBN: 9781543813524
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: To Be Determined

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