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.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
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.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create the first thread with one reply (Discussion: Theories of Property & Property Rights) and a second thread with one reply (Discussion: U.S. Supreme Court Takings Case) in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 500–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each reply must be at least 250–300 words. For each Discussion, the student is required to post a thread and then post one reply. The reply will critique another classmate’s thread. Students must insert footnotes in all threads and replies, using The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation book (19th ed. or more recent) citation format to reference the textbook, the Bible passages in the prompt, Bible commentaries, or other scholarly articles that support the student’s assertions.
Paper: Application of Law Assignment
The student will write a 2-3 page paper that focuses on how the material covered thus far in this Property Law course applies either to the student's current vocation or to the student's personal situation. The student will identify specific portions of the textbook that have informed the student about the law regarding the landlord-tenant or real estate purchase-sale transaction. Though this is a personal, subjective type of paper, the student must incorporate at least 3 references from the textbook, the Bible, or other professional sources to explain how the course material applies to you. Students must insert footnotes in all threads and replies, using The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation book (19th ed. or more recent) citation format to reference the textbook, the Bible, or other professional sources that support the student’s assertions.
Written Assignments (2)
The student will write two summaries of at least 3 pages each in outline form. Topics for the Estates in Land & Concurrent Ownership Assignment will include the different estates in land and forms of concurrent ownership. The topic for the Servitudes Assignment covers the different forms of servitudes that affect land. The papers must include footnote references for each category of the estates in land, concurrent ownership, and servitudes. Students must insert footnotes in both written assignments, using The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation book (19th ed. or more recent) citation format to reference the textbook, cases, statutes, or other legal sources that support the student’s summaries.
Each Quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned Module: Week. Each Quiz contains 25 multiple-choice questions, is limited to one hour, is worth 125 points, and will be open-book/open-notes.