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Learn to:

  • Identify the essential elements of contract formation
  • Recognize common contract defenses
  • Apply the rules that govern contract performance in different situations
  • Draft contracts that more effectively protect the parties' interests

Take the mumbo jumbo out of contract law and ace your contracts course

Confused by contract law? This hands-on guide gives you plain-English explanations of terminology and language used in contracts, showing you how to read and analyze cases and statutes with ease. You'll quickly and painlessly get up to speed on contract formation; contract theory and legality; agreement, consideration, restitution, and promissory estoppel; fraud and remedies; performance and breach; the parol evidence rule; and more.

  • Defense! Defense! — get the 4-1-1 on contract formation and the different contract defenses, including whether a party did anything illegal or unfair, whether the parties had the ability to make a contract, and the factors that determine whether an oral agreement is enforceable
  • Make sense of the madness — grasp the strategies the courts use to fill the gaps in a contract and interpret what the language really means
  • To perform or to breach — find out how one party may breach a contract even before performance is due by anticipatory repudiation
  • There's a remedy for that — understand the various methods available to the courts to remedy a breach in a way that's fair for both parties
  • Bring a third party into the picture — discover how to recognize the rights and duties of third parties and decide under what circumstances third parties are allowed to enforce contracts

Open the book and find:

  • Coverage of common law contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
  • How a contract is formed through mutual assent
  • Ways to determine whether a party has performed as promised
  • How to determine whether a contract is void, voidable, or unenforceable
  • Advice on figuring out remedies for breach
  • Tips for interpreting contracts
  • Questions to ask when analyzing contract problems
  • Examples drawn from real-life cases

About the Author

Scott J. Burnham is the Curley Professor of Commercial Law at Gonzaga University School of Law. For 30 years he has taught Contracts at law schools internationally and throughout the U.S. He is also a prolific writer on legal topics and a consultant on contract drafting for numerous businesses.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1846 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118092732
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G275BS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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Before purchasing this book, make sure you know what you are getting. This is "Contract *Law* for Dummies" not "Contracts for Dummies." It's an important distinction. This book is written for law students and legal professionals and delves into legal principles and law. It also assumes that it will be supplemented with formal law education and study. If you're just looking for useful contract information, the "Business Contracts Kit for Dummies" may be a better choice or something from Nolo's line of outstanding reference books.

Law school students, legal professionals and legal nerds in general will be happy to know that the author has been teaching contact law at law schools in the U.S. and abroad for 30 years, so you know you're getting a wealth of information from an expert in the field. The author's goal, in his own words, is to "take you from ground zero to a fundamental understanding of contract law" and covers contract formation, enforceability and contract defense, terms, performance and breach, remedies for breach, and much more to achieve that end. The book is written in a way that it can be read cover to cover or used as a reference.

If you're a law student needing a better grasp of contract law, I have no doubt you'll find this book useful. Legal professionals who feel a bit rusty on the topic will also find this book to be very helpful. Business professionals and others who simply want a better understanding of the topic when dealing with contracts will probably find much more information than they want or need in this book, but will find it to be a handy reference that may save them some headaches when dealing with contracts (though definitely not as an alternative to a lawyer).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Feeser TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
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I was expecting a dummies book on making contracts, but now realize that the depth of complexity in making a binding legal contract goes way beyond some simple fill in forms. This book is authored by a professor of contract law. It gets real complicated real fast unless you are of course planning on making a living understanding the intricacies of contracts. There are two factions one is the letter of the law and the other is the interpretation of the law. I know attorneys like to quote other cases/decisions that were handed down as criteria for a favorable decision in a case they are handling. The only problem is that I don't always agree with the decisions of the higher courts.

This book covers a mix of contract law and its implementation. It is well illustrated with case studies that give real life examples of decisions that apply to the topic of the given chapter in order to better understand not only the basis of the law but how it is reflected in real situations. With a 2012 copyright this book is newly printed and bound to be reflecting the modern era of contracts.

If you are new to contract law and have an interest in getting more involved with it expect to see phrases, and topics being covered that are heretofore new to you. Some examples include, recognizing the Two Types of Anticipatory Repudiation, Making agreements about the order of performance, Distinguishing accord and satisfaction from substituted contract, Understanding types of gap-filling rules. You get the idea. I do want to say that everything is easy when you know how. By reading these titles you may be confused, but by the time you are done reading this book, they will seem second nature to you.

The book is presented in a very clear and down to earth format which Dummies books are famous for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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This book provides good general coverage and understanding of general US contract law in plain, easy to understand English. I'm not a lawyer or legal assistant, but I still didn't find this book difficult to read. I strongly recommend this book if you're a freelancer, entrepreneur, contract worker, computer programmer or some other engineer with future entrepreneurial aspirations. HINT: If you're an engineer, I would more closely read your work agreements with your big corporate employer. Even if you're not in the list above, I still feel that most people should have some understanding of contract law. When you think about it, almost every piece of software you use including websites like Facebook, devices like cell phones, cellphone service, and even financial services involve having a contract between you and the company that you're dealing with. Knowing a little about contract law can help you either avoid headaches or how to deal with things with everything goes wrong with any of those products or services.

Anyways, these are the major concepts that this book will help you understand:

- Is a contract valid and enforceable?

- What do specific contract legal jargon mean?

- How do you adhere or breach the contract?

- What are your options when you happen to breach a contract?

- What happens when 3rd parties enter the picture?

Good things to know:

This is a general book, giving you a better overview of US contract law. It's probably not going to have that details that pertain to your state of residence (or business) nor does it cater to a specific area of contract law.
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