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Thanks for buying this book. I've worked hard on this new edition, to make it more tightly focused on just those topics that are important in today's Property courses and to incorporate new Flow Charts and Tables.

Here are some of this book's special features:

  • "Casebook Correlation Chart" — This chart, located just after this Preface, correlates each section of the Outline with the pages covering the same topic in the four leading Property casebooks.

  • "Capsule Summary" — This is an 86-page summary of the key concepts of the law of Property, specially designed for use in the last week or so before your final exam.

  • "QuizYourself" — At the end of nearly every chapter I give you short-answer questions so that you can exercise your analytical muscles. There are over 100 of these questions, each written by me. I also provide detailed answers.

  • "Exam Tips" — These alert you to the issues that repeatedly pop up on real-life Property exams, and the factual patterns commonly used to test those issues. I created these Tips by looking at literally hundreds of multiple-choice and essay questions asked by law professors and bar examiners. You'd be surprised at how predictable the issues and fact-patterns chosen by professors really are!

  • Flow Charts and Tables — I've distilled many of the legal principles in this book into special visual aids that help you see how the pieces fit together. These include Flow Charts and Tables. You'll find them at various places in most chapters, usually after the full treatment of the material in question. The list of Flow Charts and Checklist Tables on p. xxxv will help you quickly locate these new features when you're studying for your exam.

I intend for you to use this book both throughout the semester and for exam preparation. Here are some suggestions about how to use it:1

1. During the semester, use the book in preparing each night for the next day's class. To do this, first read your casebook. Then, use the Casebook Correlation Chart to get an idea of what part of the outline to read. Reading the outline will give you a sense of how the particular cases you've just read in your casebook fit into the overall structure of the subject. You may want to use a yellow highlighter to mark key portions of the Emanuel.

1. The suggestions below relate only to this book. I don’t talk about taking or reviewing class notes, using hornbooks or other study aids, joining a study group, or anything else. This doesn’t mean I don’t think these other steps are important — it’s just that in this Preface I’ve chosen to focus on how I think you can use this outline

2. If you make your own outline for the course, use the Emanuel to give you a structure, and to supply black letter principles. You may want to rely especially on the Capsule Summary for this purpose. You are hereby authorized to copy small portions of the Emanuel into your own outline, provided that your outline will be used only by you or your study group, and provided that you are the owner of the Emanuel.

3. When you first start studying for exams, read the Capsule Summary to get an overview. Also, review the Flow Charts and Tables. These two tasks will probably take you all or part of two days.

4. Either during exam study or earlier in the semester, do some or all of the Quiz Yourself short-answer questions. You can find these quickly by looking for Quiz Yourself entries in the Table of Contents. When you do these questions: (1) record your short “answer” on the small blank line provided after the question, but also: (2) try to compose a “mini essay.” Remember that the only way to get good at writing essays is to write essays.

5. Three or four days before the exam, review the Exam Tips that appear at the end of each chapter. You may want to combine this step with step 4, so that you use the Tips to help you spot the issues in the short-answer questions. You'll also probably want to follow up from many of the Tips to the main outline's discussion of the topic.

6. The night before the exam: (1) do some Quiz Yourself questions, just to get your thinking and writing juices flowing; and (2) re-scan the Exam Tips (spending about 2-3 hours).

Good luck in your Property course. If you'd like any other publication of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, you can find it at your bookstore or at www.wklegaledu.com.

Steve Emanuel

Larchmont, NY

April 2012

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