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I am a 3L originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with my B.A. in 2005 and my M.A. in 2007 both in Political Science. I spent the 2 years between finishing my MA and deciding to go to law school as a Student Affairs Administrator and an Adjunct Professor...

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I LOVE.......Property????

Posted by Peter Eraca on 02/26/2010 at 11:47 AM

Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it.

One of the things I enjoy most about it is that there is a different word that applies in almost every different situation. Coming from a mild obsession with parliamentary procedure, I have a distinct appreciation for the slight differences in concepts that to a layperson would seem trivial and irrational to have. I will not get into examples; just take my word for it.

I will admit, however, that I am one of those in the minority of the class (probably one of about 5 or 6 in a class of 70 students) that does love estates and future interests. Most students find this to be a complex system steeped in feudal custom, which, frankly, it is. A good amount of understanding this part of the law is understanding the history associated with it, all the way back to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. (Don’t worry, everything you’ll need to know is in the casebook).

That being said, one of the best things about learning it in this environment is that no one judges you for using a term incorrectly, and the professors are generally amazing about walking you through these concepts. Everyone is acutely aware that learning these words and phrases is similar to learning to speak Spanish, French, German, or any other language for the first time. So, now forget about the existence of estates and future interests, enjoy the rest of your time before going to law school and don’t worry about it again until you see "Property" on your schedule (which, here at RW is always in the spring).