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Property Law: Jurisprudential and Comparative Analysis

Overview of this Guide

Laws and Regs covers the constitutional protections of property rights and the Restatement of Property.

Cases suggests the Restatement of Property and West's Digest of cases as excellent resources for researching property law decisions.

Legal Commentary  includes  works that introduce property law as well as hornbooks and learned treatises on property law.

Study Aids  suggests works for helping first year law students understand property law.

Practice Tools  contains links to real estate forms.

Current Awareness contains citations to real estate blawgs and to recent Continuing Legal Education courses related to property law.

Introduction to Property

Property is a fundamental concept of Anglo-American law. Property can be divided into three large categories of personal property, real property, and intellectual property.

Property is often divided into personal property and real property, commonly called real estate.

There are two types of personal property, tangible and intangible. Intangible personal property are items with no physical existence such as patent right or a right to a benefit, such as a pension or the right to collect government services. Contract rights are also intangible personal property, such as a right of first refusal.

Personal property is sometimes called chattel property. Chattel is a common law term for possessions ranging from cars to livestock to laptop computers, all of these would be examples of chattel property.

Database Access Information

Some resources in this guide are Mitchell Hamline School of Law licensed databases. These are available to students, faculty, and staff either with a network login or individual password. Many of them are also available to the public from the computers in the library, as well as through computers signed into the school's wireless network.

Bloomberg Law, Westlaw Edge, and Lexis Advance are subscription services that require users to have individual accounts for access.

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