Thursday, November 19, 2009

I own Blackacre

Currently, I am reading about topics covered in first year real property. Fee simple subject to shifting executory limitations, that kind of thing. Its like studying for the bar exam again, except now it really matters that I get it right and there are no multiple choices. I spent an hour today combing through the first restatement of property. Tomorrow, I am going to read some more restatement and then I am going to go through more real property treatises. So armed, I will then delve into the case precedent, most of which will probably date from the turn of the century. I am pretty sure I am going to get to drop a footnote regarding the rule against perpetuities.

Don't let anyone tell you that you don't need to know this shit in the real world, kids.

Everyone who learns I have this assignment feels sorry for me. Little do they know that this is the most exciting thing I have worked on since I started this job and I am enjoying the challenge.

That last sentence was completely un-ironic. Then again, long-time readers of this blog know that I have always been a bit of a real property geek.

(Hmmm, I guess most of my 1L posts regarding my real property geekdom were taken down in the great archives purge of 2009. Run of the mill adverse posession and easement humor, but your loss, new readers. Sorry.)


  1. It's not fair to terrify us law students like that.

  2. I had a baby panic when I was like fee simple, WHAT?! Wait a minute, didn't I do well in Property last year?! :) I'm glad you like this, but I hope I never have to see those words again, lol.

  3. On the flip side, I never use any of the law I learned in law school. It's all federal law related to import/export, anti-bribery, and anti-boycott now.

    My diploma and passage of the bar were the only things of value that I received for my three years of sweat. (No blood or tears - it wasn't *that* difficult.) That being said, I'll take it. I hated classes like Property and Tax and Crim Law and ....

  4. yucky yucky! I HATE property! But my property teacher totally sucked! Glad you are enjoying your assignment!

  5. Property was my favorite 1L class also, and is ultimately what led me into my current practice area.

    And if if makes you feel any better, my very first assignment as my firm was a HUGE Rule Against Perpetuities research assignment. Talk about out of frying pan and into the fire!