Property I Class Website

Prof. Scott B. Ehrlich
Fall 2014

Welcome to the Property Class Website

This website provides updated information about the course and assignments. It also contains links to the handouts and materials used in the course, as well as links to sites on the web.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Please note: All materials on this web site are protected by copyright and intended for use only by students enrolled in Property II at California Western School of Law. Students enrolled in the class may copy these materials to their own computers. However, these materials may not be transferred to others or posted on publicly accessible web sites.


We will be using two resources: (1) Ehrlich, Assignments & Supplement; and, (2) Dukeminier, Property (8th ed).  All of the Assignments for the course are contained in the photocopied materials or on-line via this link: Assignments for the entire Semester.  Assignments the next few classes will always be posted below.  As time passes, you can find earlier assignments at the following link: Past Assignments.


Note: Hit the “refresh” button on your browser to make sure that you are looking at a current version of the assignments, rather than a cached version on your computer.

I have added a new easement essay question and model answer in the Links and Reference Materials section below

1.     Tuesday, December 2:

a.     Creation of Easements:  Respond to this hypothetical:

i.       In 1904 Laura Bailey sold Lot 19 to John Jones, retaining Lots 20 & 4.  No easement by implication was established because there was no pre-existing use. In 1905, the sewer is installed when John Jones grants “permission” to Laura to install.  No deed of easement was executed.  Laura installed the sewer line and used it for Lots 4 and 20.  In 1938, Van Sandt (John Jone’s successor to Lot 19) brought an action to enjoin use of the sewer line, claiming no easement exists in favor of Lots 20 & 4. Could Royster & Gray (owners of Lots 20 & 4) assert some other method(s) of easement creation?  Be specific as to the possible success of each method of creation.  You should come up with at least 3 methods of easement creation.

b.     Scope of Easements:

i.       Brown v. Voss at pages 820-826 and notes 1-5 following the case.

ii.      Formulate responses to the following hypos:  Scope Hypos

c.      Termination of Easements: Pages 50-52 of the Supplement.

d.     "Negative" Easements: Pages 842-845.

2.     Thursday, December 4:

a.     Review Brown v. Voss and Termination of Easements at pages 50-52 of the Supplement.

b.     Reminder about Backups: This is the magical time of year when students’ laptops break down, get lost or are stolen.  It’s always a good idea to back up essential data like outlines, briefs, notes, papers, etc.  Two backups are better than one: USB flash drives, Dropbox or other cloud storage, etc.

c.      Evaluations & Feedback

d.     Review of Multiple Choice Questions:  Questions

e.     Essay Question review.  We will review the following essay question:  Sample Essay Question



Links and Reference Materials  

There is a password for some documents on this website.  It will be announced in class and emailed to you.


1.     Review of Multiple Choice Questions:  Questions

2.     Sample Bar Essay Question & Responses

3.     Scope Hypos

4.     Easement Essay Exam and Model Answer

5.     Adverse Possession Essay Exam #1 and Model Answer

6.     Adverse Possession Essay Exam #2 and Model Answer

7.     Rule Against Perpetuity hypos:  PPDFDF, MSWord

8.     Answer to RAP hypos: Answers

9.     Vested & Contingent Remainder Hypos: PDF Word

a.     Answers to the Vested & Contingent Remainder Hypos

10.  Estates In Land Worksheet: PDF, MSWord

11.  Answers to Estates in Land Hypos

12.  Midterm Exam Info

13.  California Adverse Possession Statutes

14.  California Codes.  link connects you to the official site of the State of California and allows you to search any of the California Codes.  For instance, to find out about tenant security deposits, click “Civil Code” and insert “tenant security deposit” in the search block.

Questions & Answers

If you have a question that you would like answered, e-mail Prof. Ehrlich at: Your name will not be posted, just the question & answer. We have powerful & enthusiastic junk email filters. If you send me email from an outside account (not your law school email account) make sure you put the word “Property” in the Subject line.


The following links will take you to a compilation of questions posed by prior students, and answers posted by Prof. Ehrlich:  


General Questions & Answers


Estates in Land Questions & Answers


Contact Prof. Ehrlich

E-mail: sbe@cwsl.eduPlease put the word “Property” in the Subject line.
Tel: 619-525-1416
Office: Room 313, Administration Building (225 Cedar St.)


Office Hours





Other Times:

I’m often available, please knock.