Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. For the first time, this course will incorporate excerpts of contracts and challenge students to analyze the provisions by applying the principles covered by Professor Fried. This edition will also feature added levels of interaction with the teaching staff to offer a truly immersive experience. Finally, this module adds a brand new unit on Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, and Governmental Regulation.
Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal?
We are exposed to contracts in all areas of our life — agreeing to terms when downloading a new computer program, hiring a contractor to repair a leaking roof, and even ordering a meal at a restaurant. Knowing the principles of contracts is not just a skill needed by lawyers, it illuminates for everyone a crucial institution that we use all the time and generally take for granted.
This contract law course, which features updated case studies and pieces of contracts, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. Students will be challenged to apply each of the following key concepts to hypothetical situations featuring simulated contracts. The course will first provide an introduction to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains. The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistakes, fraud, and frustration. With the knowledge of what makes contracts and how they can go wrong, Professor Fried will discuss remedies and specific performance. Finally, Professor Fried will introduce how contracts can create rights for third parties.
The course’s instructor, Charles Fried, has been teaching at Harvard Law School for more than 50 years and has written extensively on contracts. Not only is Professor Fried a leading authority on contract law, but he also utilizes a storytelling approach to explaining the topic, which creates a unique and interesting class experience.
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