Law 787 - Real Property Practice Simulation for Foreign Lawyers

Peter L. Reich

Peter L. Reich

Lecturer in Law
Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive
B.A. UCLA, 1976
M.A. UCLA, 1977
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D. UCLA, 1991
UCLA Faculty Since 2017
Course Description:

This course will introduce foreign law students to the practical skills necessary for negotiating and litigating real property disputes in the United States.  The class is composed of dispute modules presenting a substantive legal overview and a selection of documents on the following topics:  adverse possession; gifts; estates & future interests/sales; concurrent ownership; landlord tenant relations; nuisance & solar energy; easements; covenants, conditions, and restrictions; and takings.  Students working in teams will negotiate a resolution/transaction, participate in a trial, or present closing arguments on each of the topics assigned.  

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn common law property concepts, develop negotiation, transactional, and litigation skills useful in US legal practice, and gain familiarity with the Performance Test format used on bar examinations.  They will learn how to negotiate, transact, and argue real estate disputes in teams, for which they will receive collective and individual feedback. The library/file format of the oral exercises and the written take-home final exam mirror the Performance Test used on bar examinations (20% of NY bar; 15% of Calif. bar), so students will have repeated practice in analyzing and applying materials presented in this context.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Peter Reich 19F 787 LEC 1 F 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM 3.0 No No
  Limited to foreign LLM students. Enrollment processed through the Graduate Studies Office.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Sprankling, John G. Property Law Simulations    
ISBN: 9780314277886. West Academic Publishing. REQUIRED $29.96
Notes: Part of West Academic Study Aids database.