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The Fifth Edition of CONTEMPORARY PROPERTY emphasizes the traditional areas of real property law that are covered on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). The Fifth Edition features in-depth coverage of the following MBE topics related to real property:

  • Adverse possession
  • Present estates, future interests, and the Rule Against Perpetuities
  • Cotenancy
  • Landlord and tenant law, including fair housing law
  • Real estate contracts, deeds, and methods of title assurance
  • Mortgage law principles, lien priority, and the foreclosure process
  • Easements
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Zoning

In addition, the Fifth Edition of CONTEMPORARY PROPERTY incorporates new developments and policy trends in Property Law, such as:
  • The relationship between private property rights and democracy
  • Constitutional constraints on private property rights
  • Marital property rights of same-sex couples
  • The sharing economy
  • The power of eminent domain and regulatory takings
  • Challenges to land use regulation based on due process and equal protection
  • Challenges to land use regulation based on freedom of speech and religion

CONTEMPORARY PROPERTY is accompanied by a comprehensive Teacher’s Manual that is designed to minimize the time necessary for class preparation. The authors, Professors Shelley Saxer and Colleen Medill, have won numerous teaching awards and have incorporated their teaching materials and techniques into the Teacher’s Manual. Produced in an electronic format that can be downloaded and customized for an instant set of lecture notes, key features of the Teacher’s Manual include:
  • Sample syllabi for a four, five, or six credit hour Property course
  • An extensive bank of PowerPoint slides to accompany the material in the casebook, with embedded links to additional information about the principal cases
  • Briefs for every principal case in the textbook
  • Answers to the exercises and problems in the textbook
  • Suggested hypotheticals for additional class discussion
  • A collection of available student online resources for every principal case in the textbook

In addition, for students with access to West Academic Study Aids, the Teacher’s Manual and the six credit hour sample syllabi contain additional suggestions for incorporating practical exercises from West Academic’s DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: PROPERTY book.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 07/24/2019

Shelley Ross Saxer, Pepperdine University School of Law

Colleen E. Medill, University of Nebraska College of Law

Grant S. Nelson, University of California-L.A. School of Law

Dale A. Whitman, Arizona State University College of Law

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