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Property: A Guide for the Busy 1L  

This guide exists to help you find and gain access to resources that will help you learn property law.
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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 in the bookcase on your right as you enter the Law Library.

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Acing Property - Colleen E. Medill
Call Number: KF560 .M43 2009
ISBN: 9780314199676
Publication Date: 2010-02-04

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Property - D. Barlow Burke; Joseph A. Snoe
Call Number: KF560 .B87 2011
ISBN: 9781454802297
Publication Date: 2012-01-12

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Mastering Property Law - Darryl C. Wilson; Cynthia H. DeBose
Call Number: KF561 .W55 2011
ISBN: 9781594603969
Publication Date: 2011-08-01

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Real Property in a Nutshell - Gunther; Roger Bernhardt; Ann Burkhart
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 B47 2010
ISBN: 9780314261878
Publication Date: 2001-01-01

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The Law of Property - Herbert Hovenkamp; Sheldon F. Kurtz
Call Number: KF570 .S53 2001
ISBN: 031423179X
Publication Date: 2001-02-01

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Principles of Property Law Concise Hornbook - Herbert Hovenkamp; Shelley Kurtz
Call Number: KF570 .S53 2005
ISBN: 0314150455
Publication Date: 2005-02-14

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The Glannon Guide to Property - James Charles Smith
Call Number: KF561 .S627 2011
ISBN: 9780735507517
Publication Date: 2011-07-08

Understanding Property Law - John G. Sprankling
Call Number: KF561 .S67 2012
ISBN: 1422428524
Publication Date: 2008-09-03

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Introduction to Property - Joseph William Singer
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 S56 2005
ISBN: 0735546584
Publication Date: 2005-01-27

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Property - Peter T. Wendel
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 W46 2007
ISBN: 9780314180704
Publication Date: 2007-10-01

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Property 3e - Singer
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 S56 2010
ISBN: 9780735589353
Publication Date: 2009-12-08

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Property 2009 - Steven Emanuel
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 E43 2010
ISBN: 9780735578920
Publication Date: 2009-12-11

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Real Property 2009 - Steven Emanuel
Call Number: KF570 .Z9 R43 2009
ISBN: 9780735578944
Publication Date: 2009-10-13

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Property - Thomas W. Merrill; Henry E. Smith
Call Number: KF561 .M47 2010
ISBN: 9780195314762
Publication Date: 2010-04-21


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.

New York Consolidated Laws: Real Property

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


Koren AV Resources on Property

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

Real Property 2002 - Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer
Call Number: KF570 .J84 2000
ISBN: 0314264922
Publication Date: 2006-05-03

Real Property, 2005 ed. (Law School Legends Audio Series) - Paula A. Franzese
Call Number: KF570 .F73 2005
ISBN: 0314161082
Publication Date: 2005-05-05

Charles B. Sears Law Library • O'Brian Hall • North Campus • Buffalo, NY 14260 • ph:716-645-2047

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