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Some Good Study Aids for Contracts

All the books below are in the Reserve Room.  Older editions available for checkout can be found at the same call number on the 5th floor.

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Contracts: Examples and Explanations - Brian A. Blum
Call Number: Reserve KF801 .B58 2013
ISBN: 9781454815471
This study guide provides a cursory overview to introduce first year law students to an understanding of contract law. Examples are used extensively to illustrate concepts discussed. Citation of authority is kept to a minimum in this series. A glossary of terms is included at the end of the book.

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Farnsworth on Contracts
Call Number: Reserve KF801 .F37 2004
Extensive footnotes to case law and secondary sources are the hallmark of this classic coverage of contract law. Marginal notes make this treatise easy to scan for relevant coverage. Following an introductory section, the three volumes analyze enforceability of promises, scope and effect of promises and enforcement of promises. Volume 3 also includes a Table of Cases, Table of UCC sections, Table of Restatements of the Law and a Table of Authorities.

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Principles of Contract Law - Robert A. Hillman
Call Number: Reserve KF801 .H525 2014
This overview of contract law explains concepts clearly and concisely, in an informal, humorous style. The book omits lenghy footnotes, but does contain numerous examples and illustrations.

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Understanding Contracts - Jeffrey Thomas Ferriell
Call Number: Reserve KF801.Z9 F46 2014
ISBN: 9780769898087
This title explains how key concepts apply in several recurring basic fact patterns. It then builds on those fact patterns to explain how the law is more difficult to apply in business transactions with more complex facts.

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Contracts in a Nutshell
Call Number: Reserve KF801.Z9 R62 2010
This study guide serves as a preliminary overview of the principles of the law of Contracts and of Sale of Goods in the U.S. Almost one third of the book covers contract formation, but other topics included are interpretation, defenses, modification and remedies.



Some Sources of Contract Law

Historically contract law has been judge-made law. In other words, the rules and doctrines of contract law emerge and evolve as judges make decisions in private litigation.

The Restatement of Contracts distills the concepts and rules articulated in contract decisions and presents them in a conceptually organized format. Besides stating rules and principles, the Restatement also includes lengthy comments explaining those rules and principles as well as examples to illustrate their application. Students should bear in mind that the Restatement in itself has no precedential value, although it can acquire precedential value to the extent that courts recognize and adopt particular provisions.

Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code outlines a framework of rules to govern "transactions in goods." Article 2 has been enacted into law in every state except Louisiana. Note that while the versions of Article 2 adopted in different states are very similar, there are some minor variation from state to state. 


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