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Spring 2023

5408 Property - ZALE- 11097

Professor(s): Kellen Zale (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section B 

Time: W- 9:00a-10:30a  T, Th- 10:30a-12p  Location: 220 

Course Outline: This course covers the basics of property law. We will examine what makes property rights distinctive; how property rights are created, transferred, and destroyed; and what the powers and duties of property owners are. This course will serve as a foundation for a variety of upper-division courses, including land use, environmental law, intellectual property, and commercial law.

***As noted on the course syllabus, e-books are an electronic source and thus are not permitted during the final exam; therefore, students should ensure that they do not purchase an e-book only version of the casebook or required supplement book.***

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


First Day Assignments: Dukeminier, pgs. 1-21 (stop after note 4 on pg. 21); pg. 22 (notes 1-2 only).

Final Exam Schedule: 05/02 9am-1pm  220  221,222  

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: (1) Dukeminier, Krier, et al., Property Concise Edition (2nd ed.) ISBN: 9781454881780 (2) Edwards, Estates in Land and Future Interests: A Step-by-step Guide (5th ed.) ISBN: 9781454886389