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Property law is the study of the acquisition, use, and limitations of property. The class explores how property rights come into existence; the advantages and disadvantages of property rights; the ways in which property rights protect the rights of owners, neighbors, and non-owners; how property law allows for property rights to be split among multiple parties and through time; and the power of the government over private property as well as limits on that power. Property law is central to how society is organized, how resources are managed and distributed, and how individuals interact with others and with the government. It also is an area of law in which historical practices play a significant role shaping the rights and duties of owners. Though property law often presents itself as a series of small boxes or categories of rules, understanding the larger picture of the field requires an ability to see how micro level rules combine to form the larger structure of property law. It is graded through a closed book final exam and does not fulfill the ULWR.
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The primary text for the class is: Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill & Strahilevitz, Property (8th Ed., 2014).
First Class Readings
Acquisition by Discovery & Capture DKASS 1-40 myWCL: Indian Title Search For subsequent classes, read a "block" in the syllabus. So for example, the second class reading is Theories of Property Rights Creation and Acquisition by Creation I DKASS 40-76 optional on myWCL: Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons
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