Introduction to the Law of Contracts (West Legal Studies) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1401864712
ISBN-10: 1401864716
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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 was the Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He was a professor at Drake and Texas Tech Universities and a visiting professor at the University of Maine, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Alabama, Wake Forest University, Stetson University, and Florida International University. When teaching, Professor Frey served on a number of site visitation teams for the Section on Accreditation and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association. Professor Frey currently volunteers with the Financial Crimes Unit of the Tulsa Police Department. He is the author or co-author of "The Little Black Book, A Do-It Yourself Guide for Law School Competitions" (Carolina Academic Press, 2002); "Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution" (Delmar Learning Thomson, 2003); "Introduction to the Law of Contracts, 4th Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008); "Introduction to Bankruptcy Law, 6th Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013); and "Essentials of Contract Law," 2nd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2015).
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Product Details

  • Series: West Legal Studies
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 4 edition (August 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401864716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401864712
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James ONeil on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DMM on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie A on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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This book is impossible. If you're in a paralegal course, please do yourself a HUGE favor and choose another substantive. As one reviewer pointed out, it is written in legalese. The questions in the exercises, reviews, and chapter tests are unclear and confusing. The author is asking us to understand complicated concepts that someone in a paralegal course simply does not have the knowledge base to comprehend. We are not third year law students. I'm at the end of my course, all my grades were in the mid nineties, and I think I might fail this exam. I nearly threw the book across the room when I scored a 100% on a chapter review and then got a 64% on the chapter quiz, which asked about numerous UCC codes that were not in the chapter review and asked us to apply them to really complicated, convoluted situations. I quoted some parts of the book to one of my friends, a lawyer, and her response was, and I quote verbatim, "That's an incredibly stupid, confusing way to describe a simple concept." Awful. Simply awful.
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Easy to read and understand. My rental copy had lots of highlights and on page pen markings, but that was ok. I chose to go the rental route and I would strongly encourage others to do the same. The price new is outrageous, going the rental route is a smarter way to go.
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