UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

LLB Programmes

PROPERTY I

Property I provides an introduction to the whole of the law of property. It leads to Property II, which focuses on the law of trusts in greater depth.
Property law is about rights to things. The course begins with what property rights are, how they differ from personal rights, and why that distinction matters. It then introduces students to the variety of different property rights recognised in English law, including possession, estates, trusts, mortgages, and leases. This is followed by a study of the various ways in which new property rights can be generated and existing property rights can be transferred to others. The course ends with a look at the rules used to resolve disputes when two or more people claim competing property rights to the same thing.
Property I provides an essential foundation for the study of a number of subjects, such as trusts, intellectual property, and commercial law. It also helps provide a framework for understanding the relationships among the three main pillars of private law: contract, tort, and property.


Teaching and Learning:

Formal instruction in Property I consists of 19 two-hour seminars and 8 one-hour tutorials. There is one seminar each week during term and four tutorials per term. Students need to prepare for each seminar and tutorial in advance, primarily by reading the Cases and Materials, which are prepared by the course co-ordinator. Students find it helpful to supplement this with further reading from one or more student-oriented text books.

Seminars:

Part I: What is Property?

1. Welcome to Property
2. Rights to Things

Part II: Types of Property Rights

3. Possession I
4. Possession II
5. Tenure and Estates
6. Equitable Interests
7. Security Interests I
8. Security Interests II
9. Easements and Freehold Covenants
10. Leasehold Covenants

Part III: Generation and Transfer of Property Rights

11. Conveyances
12. Contracts
13. Imperfect Gifts
14. Resulting Trusts
15. Family Homes
16. Fixtures and Mixtures

Part IV: Competing Property Rights

17. Nemo Dat and Bona Fide Purchase
18. Registration and Overreaching

19. Revision

Assessment:

Formal assessment in Property I is by final examination in May, which counts for 100% of the mark in the course. Informal assessment (which does not count towards the mark in the course) consists of an examination in January and the opportunity to submit one piece of written work each term.


 

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