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Joseph A. Snoe

Property introduces you to the foundations of Property law. A major objective of the course is learning the substantive law, its elements, terminology, logic and historical underpinnings.

Beyond that, you should learn to appreciate the interrelationships between the law and the facts of a specific case. Law as applied is a function of context. Observe how courts balance achieving justice in a given case with preserving the integrity of a system that regulates land ownership and transfer. Likewise, you should learn how courts balance the individual landowner’s rights against those of neighbors, and the rights of individuals versus governments.

A good lawyer must master many skills. Among them are interviewing, advising, negotiating, mediating, planning, organizing, problem-solving, drafting and fact-finding. The casebook was written with an eye to developing lawyering skills while learning the substantive law of Property.  Consequently, many assignments will have a written component to be turned in at the beginning of class.

Many former students report that a major benefit to this course was standing when called upon. Standing in class and explaining their thoughts to the class benefitted them in practice by making them more comfortable thinking on their feet. An objective of this course, therefore, is learning to express your knowledge and analytical skills coherently. Thinking about the issues before class helps, by the way.


“PAGES” refers to Freyermuth, Organ, & Noble-Allgire, PROPERTY AND LAWYERING (West 3d ed. 2011).

Study PAGES  v-vii, 11-29

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