In the legal field, it’s amazing how many facets to the law actually exist. Property law is one example of a subset that might not always come to mind. Property law, in basic terms, deals with the laws that surround the ownership or tenancy of “real property” – such as housing – and personal property. Believe it or not, there have been plenty of books written on this one area of law.

Apartment complexes are governed by local property laws. (Photo by David Villa)

According to Amazon, Property [7th Edition] is the 20th most-purchased college textbook that is currently for sale on the American textbook market. Published by Aspen Publishers, the book emerged on the market in February of 2010 and represents the seventh edition in this successful series. It is 1,280 pages in length and is a hardcover book.

Property is a casebook on the subject of property law. It meshes a more traditional and doctrinal approach to the topic with wit, humor, and a human-interest perspective. This unique combination offers a compelling and engaging book that will inform and inspire its readers on a topic that seems rather dry on the surface. Cases, text, problems, and questions are among the basic elements that comprise the layout of the chapters in the book. The takes pays particular attention to subtopics like estates and future interests, servitudes, and land-use controls. Cartoon sketches and photos make light of some of the items dealt with at appropriate times and complement the longer areas of text very well.

In the chapters on estates and future interests, there are more visual aids and problems designed to help readers understand the material more easily. There is also a fresh approach to marital property law and a look at a recent case involving gay marriage in Iowa. Discussion of environmental law and climate change represents some of the more current issues in property law. A timely look at the mortgage crisis and the relationship between  landlords and tenants in public housing are just few of the many other recent developments brought up in the text. This book may be as current as any other property law book out there because of how recent much of the material in it actually is.

This book has three different authors – Jesse Dukeminier, James Krier, Gregory Alexander, and Michael Schill. Dukeminier, the lead author, has contributed to the previous six versions in this series and has written other books that include Wills, Trusts, and  Estates (2005) and Gilbert Law Summaries: Property (2002).

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