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7194 - Contracts 2
Professor: Stephanie Hoffer
Semester: 2012 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: exam, class participation, drafting and negotiation exercises
Contracts II continues and complements Contracts I. The topics covered include pre-contractual obligation (including preliminary agreements), contract interpretation, gap-filling terms, duress, modification, performance and breach, conditions, mistake, impossibility, impracticability, frustration, the public policy defense, third-party beneficiaries, assignment, and delegation. Emphasis is on the common law, but the Uniform Commercial Code and, to a lesser degree, international and comparative contract law will also be studied.
Although Contracts II uses, among other things, a standard casebook, the course has a strong transactional emphasis. A continuing area for discussion is how to use various aspects of doctrine when negotiating and writing contracts. To that end, the course includes a number of drafting and transactional exercises. We will also use case studies from time to time to present the material in a more realistic setting.
This course would be particularly important for students who anticipate a career involving business law, whether as commercial litigators or as transactional attorneys. Others who want some exposure to contract law from a transactional perspective or who want to cover the entire subject-matter of contracts may wish to consider the course as well.
Evaluation will be on the basis of a final examination, class participation, and performance on drafting and transactional exercises.
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