Choosing a Property Casebook

Next Spring I’ll be teaching the introductory 1L Property Law class for the first time. Although it’s still a ways off, I’ve begun thinking about what to cover and how to structure the course and, inevitably, which casebook to use.  Dukeminier, Krier, et al., appears to be the market leader (as it was when I was in school), but I’ve also been looking at Merrill and Smith.  Do VC readers have thoughts about the relative virtues and vices of these books?  Is there an alternative I should consider?   Should I perhaps even ditch using a casebook altogether in favor of the CaseFile Method, alone or in combination with supplemental materials on future interests and some thematic materials? I’ll be thinking about this off an on this summer, so I am curious what VC readers think.  Thanks.

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