Contracts: The Law of Promises is a casebook for first-year contracts courses. Its emphasis is on presenting contract law in an easily understandable way so students can spend most of their time mastering the application of the rules, rather than seeking to discover the rules. The casebook includes an appendix with the most important black letter rules and over 600 examples throughout the book showing how the rules are applied. Before each case, textual material explains the law and its application, with further emphasis on explaining each of the elements of the doctrine being discussed.
Key points and chapter "takeaways" are included to help students know if they are recognizing which principles are particularly important. Cases have been chosen based on the clarity of the court's analysis and have been abridged to exclude irrelevant material. The cases included provide for interesting classroom discussions, but classic cases have been retained as well.
Numerous problems are included, typically based on real cases, so that professors can use them in class to further students' understanding of how the rules are applied. Common student mistakes are also highlighted. Theory is covered, but kept to a minimum. Contracts: The Law of Promises will enable students to come to class with a firm grasp of the black letter law and a general understanding of how the rules are applied, enabling professors to devote more class time to discussion and less time to lecturing.
The second edition includes expanded coverage of electronic contracting and explanations of the 2022 amendments to Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the 2022 Restatement of Consumer Contracts.
Core Knowledge for Lawyers content for this book will be available in Fall 2024.