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Property: A Guide for the Busy 1L: Home

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2024 10:48 AM

CALI Lessons

CALI lessons allow you to work through issues in Property Law in an interactive format in which you answer questions and explain your reasoning.  If you are confused or have questions about an issue, a CALI lesson may provide a quick way to test and improve your knowledge.

This list is a limited selection of the most basic Property Law Lessons that are helpful for 1Ls. A more comprehensive and in-depth list of Property Law Lessons is available at the CALI website.

Study Aids on Property

Hornbooks and other study aids provide additional perspectives and clarifications to your assigned reading. Do not rely on them exclusively.

Unless otherwise noted all these Texts are located in the Law Library's Study Aids collection, which is located on the 7th floor of the Law Library.

Some Sources of Property Law

Historically property law has been judge-made law.  In other words, the rules and doctrines of property law emerged and evolve as judges make decisions in private litigation.

The various Restatements of Property distill the concepts and rules articulated in property decisions and present them in an conceptually organized format. Besides stating rules and principles, the Restatement also includes lengthy comments explaining those rules and principles as well as examples to illustrate their application.

Students should bear in mind that the Restatements in themselves have no precedential value, although they can acquire precedential value to the extent that courts recognize and adopt particular provisions.      

Restatement (Third) Property: Servitudes, vol. 1, Chapters 1-4

Restatement (Third) Property: Servitudes, vol. 2, Chapters 5-8

Restatement (Third) Property: Mortgages

Study Aids Online

Koren AV Resources on Property

The Koren AV Center, located on the Fifth floor of the Law Library, provides audio lectures on Property