Law 112 - Private Law: Property and Contract

Russell Korobkin

Russell Korobkin

Vice Dean for Graduate and Professional Education
Richard C. Maxwell Professor of Law
B.A. Stanford, 1989
J.D. Stanford, 1994
UCLA Faculty Since 2000
Course Description:

This course describes and evaluates the fundamental doctrines in American law that govern the rights and responsibilities private actors have concerning other private actors, as opposed to the rights and responsibilities of private parties vis-à-vis the state. The course begins by asking what rights private parties have against competing claims by other private parties, how does the law define the boundaries of these rights, and how does the law offer protection against incursion by other parties? The most substantial portion of the class is then devoted to the study of how the law facilitates and regulates the transfer of rights between private parties for mutual benefit.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

* Know the doctrinal requirements concerning the initial assignments of property rights, patent and copyright eligibility, the torts of nuisance, battery, and negligence, gifts and abandonment, and contract formation, interpretation, and defenses.

* Identify legal issues raised by novel factual situations in these substantive areas.

* Use black letter law and judicial opinions to identify arguments and evaluate the strength of legal claims in novel factual situations

* Critically assess legal rules and legal arguments based on those rules using arguments recognized as valid by lawyers and judges.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Russell Korobkin 20F 112 LEC 1 T 6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
R 8:15 PM - 9:35 PM
3.0 No No
  Limited to MLS students. Enrollment processed through the MLS Office.