Common Law Contracts for LLMs (Rosenberg)
T 6:40PM - 8:30PM
Gittis Hall 1
This course provides a summary of modern American contract law. The emphasis is on how common law contract principles have been, and are constantly being, developed and refined by common law courts. The Restatement of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code will be discussed as part of the over-all survey of modern American contract law but the emphasis will be on decided cases and the guidance that flows from those decisions. An overview of such basic concepts as offer, acceptance, consideration, defenses to contract formation, and remedies will be presented as will practice based solutions to particular problems. The course assumes some familiarity with U.S. civil procedure (federal and state). It is designed to give lawyers familiar with Code contract principles an idea of how the American common law has shaped and developed similar commercial concepts and principles. The emphasis is on practice rather than theory and is geared to the practitioner rather than the student.
Drops must be completed by the end of the third class session.
There will be only one final, multiple choice exam.
Attendance is strongly recommended for all sessions as the material in the class discussions will bear significantly on the topics being addressed and in-class participation will play a roll in the final grade. Groups will be assigned the responsibility for discussing in class the issues that we are focusing upon in particular cases and for analyzing how the issue is being addressed by the US (or occasionally UK) courts compared to how the issue would be addressed in the country in which the student earned his/her initial law degree.
Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.
International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
"Contracts: Cases and Doctrine" by Randy E. Barnett, Nathan B. Oman