January 9, 2007
The State of the Property Course: Wendel and Popovich
Peter Wendel and Robert Popovich's important and fascinating article, "The State of the Property Course: A Statistical Analysis" has just appeared in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Legal Education. I highly recommend it. Lots to talk about here in terms of what's being taught, broken down by race and gender of the professor, by hours assigned to class, and by schools' rank and their philosophy. There's also talk about teaching methodology and examination styles. There are some real differences. For instance, only half of the top schools teach deeds in the introductory property course, but nearly 90% of the fourth tier schools do. This one ought to stir some thinking among teachers and casebook authors.
The survey and aggregate results through a link available at at Professor Wendel's home page, though right now the Pepperdine website doesn't seem to be working.
Alfred L. Brophy
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