Inside Property Law: What Matters and Why, 2nd Edition

Carol N. Brown, University of Richmond

Co-authored with Daniel B. Bogart.


A concise, clearly written and student-friendly guide, Inside Property Law: What Matters and Why reveals the essential components of property law and how they fit together. An informal, approachable style from the authors of the popular workbook, Estates in Land and Future Interests, clearly lays out intricate areas of property law. Abundant pedagogical devices are designed to enhance understanding, including charts and visual aids as well as key terms that are highlighted and defined in the text. Overviews briefly introduce chapter topics within the context of the course and to convey to students why each matters. The straightforward answers to FAQs address common mistakes and misconception, and Chapter Summaries remind students of the key points. Sidebars serve a variety of purposes, such as explaining terminology, offering additional insights, providing study tips, and lending practice pointers. "Connections" brief sections at the end of each chapter, relate the material across chapters, showing students the interconnected structure of the law's framework.

The Second Edition presents a full discussion of the ALI's recently adopted Restatement (Third) of Property (Servitudes), aimed at bringing uniformity and clarity to servitudes law. As it is typically among the most difficult material in first-year property, this is a dramatic departure in the approach to servitudes law. Revised coverage of the loan transaction better explains the mortgage crisis within the context of basic mortgage law. The Second Edition includes coverage of several states' adopting statutes to limit local cities and towns' takings power for purposes of redevelopment.