Property Law deals with the relationship between persons and tangible and intangible things based on such concepts of “ownership.” We will consider how such rights arise, are managed, may be transferred or assigned, and might be extinguished or forfeited. As we proceed we will also consider such vehicles for property management as the use of a trust. The key to understanding property law is to appreciate the balancing of interests in respect of ownership of a particular thing, and those institutional considerations that allow property rights to be exploited and vindicated.
There is no casebook or textbook required.
50% of your final grade will be assessed in relation to materials and topics taught in the Fall Term:
Two online quizzes: 5% each = 10% of your final grade. Details TBD.
December Examination: 10% of your final grade (up to 25% if the additional weight above 10% improves your final grade)
Final Examination: Part of the final exam will deal with materials and topics taught in the Fall Term and will be worth 15-30% of your final grade (determined by the weight accorded to the December examination)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-11:30am (Law Building, Classroom 003). Classes will be held exclusively in person.
Classes & Readings
September 7, 2023
No reading required. This will probably be a shortened class to discuss expectations and explain how the course will be taught.
September 12, 2023
No reading required. Introductory concepts.
September 14, 2023
I. Entitlement: “Property” and “Ownership” at Common Law
(a) What Do We Want to Protect and How?
September 21, 2023
September 26 & 28, 2023
(b) Ownership, Possession,” and Control
October 3, 2023
II. Common Law and Equity
October 5, 2023
(a) Intellectual Property
October 10, 2023
October 12, 2023
October 17, 2023
October 19, 2023
(c) Gifts, Gifting, and Undue Influence
October 24, 2023
October 31, 2023
(d) Gratuitous Transfers and the Doctrine of Resulting Trust
November 2, 2023
III. Third Party Possession: Bailment
November 7 and 9, 2023
November 14, 2023
V. Dealings with Property
(b) Vesting of Interests
November 16, 2023
(c) Trusts, Trustees, and Agents
November 21, 2023
VI. Liability for Interference: Conversion, Detinue, & Replevin
November 23, 2023
VII. Causes and Remedies that Change Proprietary Entitlements
November 28, 2023