CALI lessons allow you to work through different rules and doctrines of 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.
Some Good Study Aids for Property
The first rule you should follow in Property class (as in your other first-year classes) is to carefully read the material in your casebook several times. While your assigned readings and class discussions should be your primary concerns, treatises, hornbooks, and texts provide additional perspectives, analyses, and explanations to help you make sense of property law. It is important to choose your supplementary readings with care, because some study aids make property law seem simpler than it really is. The concepts and rules of property law are open-ended, and judges, lawyers, and scholars disagree about their meaning and application. This means that if you have a question about a property concept or rule, it is a good idea to see how several different commentators treat that concept or rule. With these caveats in mind, the following are sources that provide useful discussion, analysis, and explanation of issues in property law:
Powell on Real Property (LexisNexis, updated quarterly). Electronic resource available on LEXIS. Log in requred. Click here to access
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith, The Oxford Introduction to U.S. Law: Property (Oxford University Press, 2010). There is a copy of this text available in the Law Library's study aids collection, which is located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the law library. Call number: KF561 .M47 2010
Joseph William Singer, Introduction to Property, 1st ed. (Aspen Publishers, 2001). There is a copy of this text available in the Law Library's study aids collection, which is located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the law library. Call number: KF570 .Z9 S56 2005
Joseph William Singer, Property, 3rd ed. (Aspen Publishers, 201p). Copies of this text are available in the Law Library's study aids collection, which is located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the law library. Call number: KF570 .Z9 S56 2010
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.
Audio Downloads of Property Cases
The website for AudioCaseFiles allows you to download an audio version of the many important property opinions as an MP3 file.
To register for an AudioCaseFiles account, go to http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=54 and follow the instructions. If you have problems registering, please contact Beth Adelman at the Law Library for assistance.
For a list of audiorecorded opinions that are included in Dukeminier, et al.'s Property , click here.
For a list of audiorecorded opinions that are included in Singer's Property Law: Rules, Policies, and Practices, click here
For a list of all property opinions available on AudioCaseFiles, click here.