Friday, April 27, 2012
Torts, necessarily, must be taught mostly from cases. But, property is largely taught from cases, which strikes me a missed opportunity. Property law is a great opportunity to teach statutes, especially since most property doctrines have been statutized.
While I think teaching the FHA is important, I am not sure it should be the first statute students see. Even with the roommate question resolved, it's a complicated statute. Far better to introduce students to statutory interpretation with something like adverse possession.
My former colleague at Arizona State, Dennis Karjala, posts links to the relevant Arizona statutes on the course website. When I taught there, I borrowed from his approach and I thought it was a valuable exercise. Since I haven't taught property since Arizona State, I haven't gotten a chance to try it elsewhere.
Does anybody else do this?