Contract Doctrine, Theory & Practice - Volume 1
J.H. Verkerke, University of Virginia
Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press
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The book is Volume I of a multi-volume work on contract principles; Vol I contains topics on contract formation (including mutuality of promises, offer and acceptance, consideration, etc) with extensive cases and inclusion of citations and... read more
Table of Contents
I. Introduction to the Legal Significance of Promise Making
- 1. What is a Promise?
- 2. Which Promises Are Enforced?
II. The Consideration Requirement and Alternatives
- 1. Consideration Doctrine
- 2. Bargain or Gift?
- 3. Adequacy Doctrine
- 4. Promissory Estoppel
- 5. The Material Benefit Rule
III. Contract Formation
- 1. Offer
- 2. Acceptance
- 3. Revocation of Offers
- 4. UCC Section 2-207
- 5. Frontiers of Contract Formation
About the Book
This is the first in a series of Contracts casebooks. It was originally titled "Collaborative Teaching Materials for Contracts."
The first semester of law school is mostly about learning to speak a new legal language (but emphatically not “legalese”), to formulate and evaluate legal arguments, to become comfortable with the distinctive style of legal analysis. We could teach these skills using almost any legal topic. But we begin the first-year curriculum with subjects that pervade the entire field of law. Contract principles have a long history and they form a significant part of the way that lawyers think about many legal problems. As you will discover when you study insurance law, employment law, family law, and dozens of other practice areas, your knowledge of contract doctrine and theory will be invaluable.
About the Contributors
J.H. (Rip) Verkerke is a professor of law and director of the Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies at the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned an M.Phil. in economics and a J.D. from Yale University. He joined the UVA Law School faculty in 1991 after clerking for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Verkerke teaches contracts, several employment law courses and a seminar on behavioral economic analysis of law.