Thursday, January 10, 2008
It's been a crazy first week of the semester, but I'm finally starting to feel like things are under control. Earlier in the week, I put together my syllabi for my property classes for this semester. I'm teaching the second half of property to an evening section, and teaching the whole course to a day section. This gives me a chance to test something I've been thinking about for a while.
Like most property profs, I have been teaching servitudes late in the course, as part of a larger unit on land use controls. It has occurred to me, though, that it might make sense to teach servitudes earlier. Servitudes are non-possessory interests in land, and can logically be placed after a unit on co-ownership of property. This placement in the course would have the advantage of exposing students to servitudes before the unit on land transactions and title insurance, where many of the issues involve easements and covenants (e.g. marketable title, the warranty against encumbrances, and many recording cases).
So this semester, I'm going to teach servitudes in the traditional way in my evening section, and move it forward in my day section. I'll let you know how it goes.
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