Property law school books, case briefs,study aids, outlines, and old law exams,
For Real Property study aids I recommend the EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS and CRUNCH TIME. There is a list of outlines below that you can use as a guide but for a full understanding you should develop your own outline based on your professor's syllabus. Use someone else's outline only as a guide and to be sure you have not overlooked anything. The essay exam at the end of the semester is where you need to recognize and analyze the issues and will constitute the majority of your grade. Your professor has a grading sheet for each question and has assigned a value to each issue. The key is to recognize and then discuss each issue in the short amount of time allotted. The best way to prepare is to take several old exams that have a model answer within the time allotted. Then you can compare your answer to the model answer and judge where you need to improve on your timing.
Typically the course topics include: the meaning of ownership, including the right to exclude and the right to use reasonably; methods of acquiring ownership; the division of ownership into present and future interests; landlord and tenant law; multiple ownership; non-possessory interests and private arrangements for the control of use, easements, and adverse possession.
In my opinion, briefing cases is a major waste of time where outlining is not. Most professors disagree and want to insist on you spending time briefing cases. There are lots of case brief sites online, simply copy a brief from one of them and paste to your class notes in the event you are called on.
Using past exams to prepare is probably the best way to study for your own exams. Everyone is different but you may find this guide helpful.
Property law is state specific so try to find past exams from your state if possible. Otherwise, be sure that you recognize any differences between the law in your state and the past exam.
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My executor shall have the power to employ and make the necessary arrangements for the proper disposition of my final remains in accordance with any written statement by me or, if none, at my Executor’s sole discretion except that it is my desire that I be cremated.
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