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Contract Doctrine, Theory & Practice Volume 1

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J.H. Verkerke, University of Virginia

Copyright Year: 2012

Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Matthew Bruckner, Associate Professor, Howard University on 2/12/24

This text is one of three volumes in this series. This first volume covers 1) promises and when state power should be used to enforce promises, 2) consideration and it’s alternatives (including promissory estoppel and the material benefit rule),... read more

Reviewed by Eloise Hassell, Senior Lecturer, UNC-Greensboro Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics on 12/5/16

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

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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.

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