Property

Lauren on Propertyby Lauren Riley, 1L

Property: Examples and Explanations (4th ed.)

Barlow Burke, and Joseph Snoe
KF560 .B87 2012
Examples & Explanations Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts, Outlining
This series is always dependable. It is a great companion to read along with your class assignments, or to clarify issues that you need more exposure to. Each chapter starts off with an overview of the topic and then delves into the relevant topics under that heading. Mentioned are all of the landmark cases, and it gives you helpful hypotheticals with lengthy explanations at the end of each chapter.

Acing Property: A Checklist Approach to Solving Property Problems (2nd ed.)

Colleen E. Medill
KF560 .M43 2012 (and Westlaw)
Acing Law School Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts, Outlining
The Acing series is always dependable. It's a great companion to read along with, or to clarify issues that you need more exposure to. It has overviews of the topics, and delves into the relevant topics under each heading. It mentions all of the landmark cases, and gives you helpful hypotheticals with lengthy explanations at the end of each chapter.

Questions and Answers: Property (2nd ed.)

John Copeland Nagle
KF560 .Z9 N34 2014
Questions & Answers Series
Good for: Exam Preparation
Containing only practice questions, this book is very simple and straightforward. It is divided into ten broad topics of property law containing both short answer and objective questions, ranging from 10 to 20 questions each topic. Lastly, there are 50 final exam questions in short answer and objective form. The Q&A is a great way to test your knowledge and sharpen your understanding of the law leading up to an exam.

Property (18th ed.)

James Krier
KF561 .D84 2013 (and Westlaw)
Gilbert Law Summaries
Good for: Outlining
Gilbert’s is a well-known provider of study aides and is best used for outlining and preparing exam answers. It provides a comprehensive outline of property with sufficient explanations of the subjects and rules. At the beginning of each chapter there is a "Chapter Approach" which lets you know the key subjects addressed in that chapter and gives a succinct version of the key rules. Gilbert's lays out the relevant rule right away and then gives helpful examples to contextualize the rule. Throughout the chapters there are helpful figures and charts for those who appreciate a visual representation of the rules. There are also many "exam tips" throughout the chapters to keep you focused on how to respond to potential exam questions. The 100 objective questions and 7 short issue spotter exam questions at the end will test your comprehensive knowledge and prepare you for your upcoming exam.

Property (8th ed.)

Steven L. Emanuel
KF561 .E47 2012
Emanuel Law Outlines
Good for: Outlining, Exam Preparation
The Emanuel outline is comprehensive in its review of property law. There is a capsule summary at the beginning, with just the essentials you may want on an outline. It describes the rules and concepts in outline form, and includes important cases. There are short-answer quizzes, and exam tips at the end of each chapter. The tables and charts throughout the book are really helpful for complicated rules. And, at the end, there are 25 multi-state style exam questions and three essay style questions to help you prepare for the exam.

The Glannon Guide to Property: Learning Property through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis (2nd ed.)

James Charles Smith
KF561 .S627 2011
Glannon Guides
Good for: Understanding Concepts, Exam Preparation
The Glannon Guide is similar to the Examples & Explanations, but with less depth or discussion of cases. It gives you a broader summary of the rules and concepts of property. Each chapter has specific sections that will spell out the rules and relevant cases. There is an objective style question following each section, and the book gives a detailed analytical answer, using the rules and cases described (there are also 15 broader practice questions at the end). I recommend this guide if you are looking for a broad overview, and a few practice questions to test yourself on specific subjects.

The Law of Property

Christopher Serkin
KF570 .S47 2013
Concepts and Insights Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts
This would make a great companion to read alongside your casebook, and to supplement your reading for class. The information flows nicely, and the author makes the overall concepts easy to understand. Each chapter starts with a roadmap, and then delves into the relevant cases that shape the various doctrines. Then, the chapter discusses overall justifications (policy, economic, labor theory, etc.) driving those doctrines, and the different ways to analyze issues based on those justifications. The most helpful aspect of the Concepts and Insights series is that it summarizes the relevant cases and goes into an in-depth discussion of their rules, to help the reader understand the importance of the case. If you are struggling with understanding the rules or overall importance of cases, this book is a great help.

Principles of Property Law (6th ed.)

Herbert Hovenkamp, and Sheldon F. Kurtz
KF570 .S532 2005 (and Westlaw)
Concise Hornbooks Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts
The Concise Hornbook addresses the main subjects of property law, with sections describing the rules. The rules are very clear and given to the reader in a short and concise paragraph or two. Then, the rest of the chapter is dedicated to 10 or so problems based on actual cases. The book goes into detail in the analysis part of the problems to explain courts’ reasoning and how the rules were applied. This guide is best used for understanding the concepts of property law and how those have been applied to the common law cases.

Property (6th ed.)

Roger Bernhardt, and Ann M. Burkhart
KF570 .Z9 B46 2012
Black Letter Outlines
Good for: Outlining, Exam Preparation
The Black Letter outlines provide a comprehensive overview of property law in an outline format. There is a capsule summary at the beginning which would be helpful to review in the week before your exam. The rest of the study aid is a more extensive outline with helpful examples throughout and review questions at the end of each subject. There are 23 objective exam-style questions and three issue-spotter essay questions at the end. This book might be helpful for exam preparation, but is most helpful for making your outline.

Property (4th ed.)

Stephen L. Emanuel
KF570 .Z9 E43 2012
CrunchTime Series
Good for: Outlining, Exam Preparation
The CrunchTime is similar to the Emanuel outline, however, it's tailored for studying in the week or days before your exam. There's a capsule summary outline with exam tips throughout. The 108 short answer questions are divided by chapter, so you can practice questions relating to specific topics that you would like to work on. Then, there's 25 multiple choice questions that test you on your general knowledge. Perhaps the most valuable part of this guide are the many flowcharts that help you visualize topics, from adverse possession to future interests. The charts are extremely helpful for visual learners, or those who would like to see the material in a different format.

A Short and Happy Guide to Property (2nd ed.)

Paula Franzese
KF570 .Z9 F728 2012 (and Westlaw)
Short & Happy Law Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts
In fewer than 150 pages, this book condenses property law into its most basic form. It presents the material in a simple and clear fashion, and provides helpful examples throughout. There are also some charts and useful memory devices to make things easier to comprehend: such as adverse possession, and estates in land. The Short & Happy books don't go in-depth, or discuss important cases, so it's best used to help your knowledge of property, and for reviewing leading up to your exam.

Property (4th ed.)

Joseph William Singer
KF570 .Z9 S56 2014
Aspen Student Treatise Series
Good for: Understanding Concepts
This treatise is extensive when it comes to property concepts and theories. Where most guides gloss over underlying theories and go straight to possession, this guide takes a different approach. It first addresses the main theories that influence property decisions, and then is divided into main subject areas. Each area is described in depth, with many cases and examples. There are also "Hard Cases" included at the end of each section to show how the courts have been treating tough borderline cases. Overall, this treatise is best used for understanding the basic property concepts, to grind the lenses through which you may view certain issues.