Contract Law

Contract Law

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Overview
CLE Hours: 
10.0
CLE Credit: 
Substantive
Course Level: 
Basic
Prerequisite: 
None
Fees: 
$50.00 for Members and $75.00 for Nonmembers
Course Materials: 
Each module contains audio/text lecture with slides to illustrate lecture points. A test covering module lecture is at end of each module; a course test reviewing module discussions is available upon completion of all modules. Includes full glossary.

Contract Law is a review of the essential rules of contract law. This includes creating a contract, rights and duties of parties and nonparties, contract performance, discharge; breach; and remedies for breach. References to statutes and the Uniform Commercial Code for the sale of goods are discussed throughout the four modules. The course is designed to provide useful tools and techniques to master or refresh one’s understanding of the principles and practical concepts of contract law which a legal assistant will likely encounter. The modules are organized as follows:

  1. What are the essential elements of a contract? This module includes a review of those elements, as well as sources of contract law, types of contracts, offer and acceptance, and consideration. Upon completion of this module, participants will understand the elements of a valid, executory contract, and other classifications; and issues related to acceptance, consideration and performance.
  2. Continuing with a discussion of the concept of consideration, this module goes on to discuss contract defenses, and rights and duties of nonparties. Upon completion of this module, participants will have an understanding of such concepts as mutuality of consideration, enforceability of contracts, capacity, misrepresentation, fraud, third-party beneficiary contracts, assignment of rights, and delegation of duties to third parties.
  3. This module concentrates on the means and methods used by courts to interpret contracts, the difference between conditions and promises, and the ways in which a contract may be discharged. Upon completion of this module, participants will have an understanding of legal rules such as parol evidence, the divisibility rule, discharge of contract duties, and novation.
  4. This module covers the particulars of contract breach, including the remedies that can be awarded by courts. Upon completion of the module, participants will have an understanding of the elements, defenses and remedies to a contract, breach of contract, the differences between law actions and equity actions, damages, and restitution as contrasted with compensatory damages.
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