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Introduction to the Law of Contracts (West Legal Studies) [Hardcover]

Martin A. Frey
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August 22, 2007 1401864716 978-1401864712 4
An Introduction to the Law of Contracts is now out in it's fourth edition. It is still carefully organized around a comprehensive road map that takes the student through the 6 steps of contract law, but the new edition includes added benefits. There are updated cases and examples, and each chapter ends with review questions to help reinforce the theories addressed in each chapter. The chapters also end with a checklist that helps to highlight the key concepts for the paralegal student. The first of 6 steps investigates what body of law applies to the transaction. The next step addresses the formation of a contract, offer and acceptance. Step 3 develops limitations on the party's freedom to contract, and concepts such as infancy, illegality, duress, and unconscionability are explored. The next step looks at the plaintiff's allegation of the defendant's breach. Step 5 organizes the defendant's responses to the plaintiff's allegation of breach, categorizing it into one of two basic types that is then further explored. The final step develops the plaintiff's remedies for the defendant's breach of contract. With this step both the Common Law and UCC Article 2 remedies are explored. The text also makes reference to international arbitration based on the fact that over 90% of international contract disputes are resolved through international arbitration rather than litigation. Paralegal students will benefit from this thorough and highly readable text that is completely current and has a focus on retention.

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Editorial Reviews


The organization of the material is quite good. Taking a contract from beginning to end is a very logical approach to learning about contracts. There is no extraneous material. The depth of the content is also quite appropriate.

I would probably consider adopting the book even without changes, as it looks like a very interesting and easy to read book on contract law targeted specifically for paralegals, and such a book is fairly rare right now.

About the Author

Martin A. Frey, BSME, JD, LLM, is a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma, Senior Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern Districts of Oklahoma, and Of Counsel with the Brune Law Firm, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Professor Frey was the Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the United States Districts Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Professor at Drake University and Texas Tech University and was a visiting professor at the University of Maine, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Alabama, Wake Forest University, and Stetson University.

Product Details

  • Series: West Legal Studies
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (August 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401864716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401864712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read June 17, 2014
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I am currently taking this class online and find the support minimal. There are no explanations after the exercises which are throughout the chapters. The book appears on the onset to be well organised but the writing is confusing and I find myself frequently researching online through other avenues to unravel what has been written.

I am attempting to find another book to supplement this so I can understand fully what they are attempting to say.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Layman's tongue twister December 16, 2013
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This book is written in legalese. It should have been written in laymen's style so people can understand it. For example, this section, which attempts to illustrate one party (out of three) dropping out of an agreement, reads like a tongue twister:

"Anthony promised Best and Century that he would discharge Best from its duty to complete the remodeling and he would pay Century what Best owed Century for the materials if Best promised to discharge Anthony from his duty to pay Best and Century promised to discharge Best from Best's duty to pay Century."

There is 600 pages of this. Have fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars contract law paralegals November 4, 2013
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I did not care for the style of writing. I sold this one on Amazon, and bought a contract book for paralegals from Aspen Publishers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars contract law September 29, 2010
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Do not buy this book used without the computer codes if you are going to be using an online supplement - it either will not have codes or they will be expired and you will have to pay extra to buy them from the publisher.
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