Monday, December 17, 2012
This innovative experiential learning based book allows students to appreciate the connection among theory, doctrine, and practice in property law. The exercises provide an opportunity for studying concepts from the perspective of a practicing attorney who must not only know the law, but also employ lawyering skills and values - such as legal strategy, factual development, advocacy, counseling, drafting, problem solving, and ethical principles - in zealously representing a client.
Each chapter addresses a specific topic covered in most property law school courses. The chapters begin with an introduction to help bridge the gap between the actual practice of law and the doctrine and theory studied in class. Students will then have the opportunity to engage in active, "hands-on" learning by working through a stand-alone exercise that simulates a real-life legal dilemma. The exercises are as authentic as possible, incorporating materials such as client interview videos, convenience account agreements, sales contracts, deeds, property descriptions and photos, variance applications, zoning regulations, and homeowner association bylaws. The self-assessment tool included in the companion web materials for each chapter suggests ways that a practicing attorney might have approached each exercise. It is not meant to provide "the answer," but to identify issues and strategies students should have considered in order to effectively represent a client.