McGeorge School of Law

John Sprankling

Distinguished Professor of Law
John G. Sprankling
Phone: 916.739.7225
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday by appointment.


BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
JD, University of California, Berkeley
JSM, Stanford University


Professor Sprankling began his legal career with Miller, Starr & Regalia, one of the nation's largest property law firms. He practiced there for 14 years, ultimately serving as its managing partner. After teaching at UC Hastings and Stanford, he joined the McGeorge faculty. At McGeorge, he has served as Interim Dean and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He received the Eberhardt Teacher-Scholar Award from the University of the Pacific, and was selected as Teacher of the Year by McGeorge students. He has taught in summer law programs at schools in Austria, China, and Russia. He has served as the Chair of the Property Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and also served as a member of the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board from 2013-15.

Professor John G. Sprankling is an internationally-recognized authority on property law and the author of six books on this subject. His treatise Understanding Property Law is used by law students across the United States; it has also been translated into Chinese and published by Peking University Press. His casebook Property: A Contemporary Approach, written with Ray Coletta, is the first property textbook to be published in both hard copy and electronic formats, and has been used at over 70 law schools. His most recent book is The International Law of Property, published by Oxford University Press, which examines the relationship between property rights and international law. His articles have appeared in journals published at Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, North Carolina, Stanford, UCLA, and other law schools. Professor Sprankling's article "Property and the Roberts Court" was published as the lead article in Volume 65 of the Kansas Law Review.


Copyright Law

Survey of Intellectual Property

Wills & Trusts

Space Law

Scholarship/Professional Activities

The International Law of Property (Oxford 2014) .

The Global Right to Property,  52 Columb. J. Transnat'l L. 464 (2014). 

Property Law: Simulations: Bridge to Practice (West 2013).

Property: A Contemporary Approach (with Raymond Coletta, West, 2d ed. 2012).

The Property Jurisprudence of Justice Kennedy, 44 McGeorge L. Rev. 61 (2013).

The Emergence of International Property Law, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 461 (2012).

Understanding Property Law (LexisNexis, 3d ed. 2012).

Teacher’s Manual for Property: A Contemporary Approach (with Raymond Coletta, Thomson/Reuters 2009).

Property: A Contemporary Approach (with Raymond. Coletta, Thomson/Reuters 2009).

Owning the Center of the Earth, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 979 (2008).

Understanding Property Law (2d ed. LexisNexis 2008) (Chinese ed. by Peking Univ. Press 2009).

The Law of Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Substances in a Nutshell (with Gregory Weber, 2d ed. Thomson/West 2007).

The Impact of Kelo v. City of New London on Eminent Domain, 38 McGeorge L. Rev. 369 (2007).

Property and Television, 59 Rutgers L. Rev. 97 (2006).

Global Issues in Property Law (with Raymond Coletta & Matthew Mirow, Thomson/West 2006).

Report Regarding the McGeorge Workshop on Globalizing the Law School Curriculum, 19 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L. J. 267 (2006) (with Franklin A. Gevurtz et al.).