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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD506 Course ID: 4050 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate course is an introduction to real property concepts. The course surveys present and future estates in land, ownership, and concurrent ownership. Leasehold interests, gifts and bequests, covenants and servitudes, conveyancing, various land use restrictions, and eminent domain are also considered.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Analyze the law of possessory and concurrent estates;

2. Dissect the Rule Against Perpetuities;

3. Summarize various landlord/tenant issues;

4. Examine the concepts of eminent domain and adverse possession;

5. Synthesize an understanding of various land interests such as covenants, easements, licenses, and air and water rights; and

6. Assess the effects of the Recording Acts.

Forums: You must complete your forum initial post by Thursday and reply to at least 3 classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Assignments: Students will be required to submit a 5-7 page paper. Your paper should begin by summarizing the eviction process in your state (sometimes called Forcible Entry and Detainer). You should then argue the Landlord or the Tenant’s position, making sure you address both viewpoints. Finally, you should cite to at least two sources addressing your state’s procedures, whether the process is fair, and whether you agree or disagree. Your paper should be supported by no fewer than 5 sources. All written submissions are required to be DOUBLE SPACED. All written submissions are required to be supported by citations to reputable sources.

Students will also be required to submit a 10-15 page research paper. Students are required to receive professor approval on their chosen topic. All written submissions are required to be DOUBLE SPACED. All written submissions are required to be supported by citations to reputable, scholoarly sources.

Note 1: For your research paper you will be graded using a Rubric. This will help with your understanding of what constitutes the grade assigned to your paper so please review it prior to writing.

Exams/Quizzes: The final exam will be taken open book. The exam will be posted in the electronic classroom under “Exams.”

Late Assignments

Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution. Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Week 1 Introduction 1.00 %
Forums 49.00 %
Week 1 Forum 8.17 %
Week 2 Forum 8.17 %
Week 3 Forum 8.17 %
Week 4 Forum 8.17 %
Week 5 Forum 8.17 %
Week 6 Forum 8.17 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Exam 25.00 %
Final-Exam 25.00 %

Web Sites. In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Center for CALI (see below)

FindLaw: Important Property Cases

The Library of Congress: Property Law

National Park Service

The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is an extraordinary resources, particularly for this course, as the text book for this class has been converted into CALI modules. Various modules will be assigned as appropriate. The below are the instructions for registering for access to CALI:

1. Go and click on the 'Not a registered user yet?' link.

2. In the field requesting an authorization code enter: AMEPUNstu622

3. Provide the information requested on the next screens.

4. At the completion of the registration process you will be logged on to the CALI website and may use the legal education lessons.

On subsequent visits to the website, log on by just entering your email address and the password you created when you registered on the site. The authorization code is used only the first time when you registered on the website.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.