Property Law – JURI 550

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the fundamental precepts applicable to real and personal property. Aspects of real property covered are possessory estates and interests, as well as joint and concurrent ownership. A study of the rights, duties, and liabilities of landlords and tenants; acquisition, ownership, and transfer of property; rights of possession; donative transactions; issues in the conveyancing system; and governmental regulations.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Within the overarching mission of the School of Law, the purpose of the Juris Master Property Law course is to equip the student with knowledge and understanding to handle issues related to real and personal property as they arise in his/her particular vocation. Since property law is central to nearly every area of personal, family, community, and national life, it ought to be seen as an instrument through which the student fulfills a Christian worldview. This worldview can be shown by the student maintaining and expressing him/herself with and through property, creating property through imaginative use of the mind, and engaging in productive work as a diligent steward of property. Therefore, the course provides the student with an overview of property law and assists in the development of skillful understanding and application of the fundamental rules of property law.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Read, analyze, evaluate, and summarize legal materials, such as court opinions, federal and state statutes, local governmental ordinances, and regulations.
  2. Describe and explain property rights, title, and various property interests, and how a person obtains such rights, titles, and interests.
  3. Describe and explain the common legal documents that create property rights, titles, and interests.
  4. Apply legal principles and rules to hypothetical legal problems related to real and personal property.
  5. Identify and understand legal relationships among and between concurrent owners, landlords and tenants, sellers and buyers, government and private property owners, and others within a property law context.
  6. Evaluate the different aspects of property law through a worldview that is distinctively Christian.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. For the first forum, the student is required to post 2 replies. One reply will be to another classmate’s thread and the other will be in response to the reply posted on his or her own thread. If there is no reply to the student’s thread, then the student will reply to a different classmate’s thread. For the second forum, the student is only required to post 1 reply to another classmate’s thread. Each reply must be at least 200 words. All threads and replies must use current Bluebook citation format to reference the textbook, the Bible, Bible commentaries, or other scholarly articles that support the student’s assertions.

Application of Law Paper

The student will write a 2-3 page paper that focuses on the student’s purpose for enrolling in the JM degree program and, in particular, how the material covered thus far in this Property Law course applies either to your current vocation or to your personal situation. Though this is a personal, subjective type of paper, the student must incorporate at least 3 references such as the textbook, the Bible, or other professional sources to explain his/her motivation for the study of law or to explain how the course material applies to you. References must use current Bluebook citation format.

Written Assignments (2)

The student will write 2 summaries of at least 3 pages each in outline form. Topics for Written Assignment 1 will include the categories of the different estates in land and forms of concurrent ownership. The topic for Written Assignment 2 covers the different forms of servitudes that affect land. The papers must include at least 4 references for each category of the estates in land, concurrent ownership, and servitudes. References must use current Bluebook citation format.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.