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Fall 2013
5409 Contracts - ZAMORA- 12416

Professor(s): Stephen Zamora (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 9:00a-10:20a/T  10:30a-11:50a/WFLocation: 3 BLB 

Course Outline: Basic contract law including contract formation, prerequisites such as consideration, remedies, enforcement, interpretation, writings, and multiple parties. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to legal reasoning through the critical reading and discussion of cases and statutes. The course is not intended to deal with subjects that may be important parts of law practice, such as contract drafting. Those subjects will come up in later courses, students have developed an ability to analyze contract issues.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Midterm exam counting 25 percent of the final grade; final exam to count 75 percent. Both exams will be open book, open note - students can bring any written material they wish into the exam room.

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Reading assignments for the week of August 26

Unless otherwise noted, all reading assignments are from the course casebook, Fuller, Eisenberg & Geergen on Contracts (9th ed., 2013). Please note - Whenever the casebook makes reference to materials in the assigned Document Supplement, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials, you are to read that material before class as well.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – pp. 1 – 17
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – pp. 17-34
Friday, Aug. 30 – pp. 34 – 54

A bit of advice to Section C before we begin: In your pre-law-student life, you have certainly done a great deal of reading to acquire knowledge of particular fields. The kind of reading that we will do in Contracts may be quite different from how you have read in the past, however. I will ask you to do a very close reading of the cases and other materials we will discuss in class. The number of pages assigned for each class is moderate, but I will expect you to have a thorough understanding of what you have read. As a discerning reader, you will have to decide what is the most important meaning to extract from each text. At our first class, I will give you some tips on how to prepare, but here is a preview: first, understand the facts of the case, because the outcome will depend on them; second, understand procedurally how the case came to the judge who has drafted the opinion; and third, try to understand the judge’s reasoning (application of contract rules to the specific facts). You may have to read a case two or three times before you really understand it. And since we will examine cases very closely in class, it won’t do you any good to undertake advance reading. Be sure to read the case, or reread it, relatively close to class time, so you’ll be prepared to discuss it in class. If you find a legal word that you do not understand, grab your Black’s Law Dictionary and look it up.

I look forward to seeing you the first week of classes, and to working with you throughout the semester.

Final Exam Schedule: 12/13 9am-1pm  111 TU2  117 TU2  

This course will have:
Exam: Yes
Paper: None

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No