Contract Law

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Paralegal Studies .

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About this Course


Contracts play a wide-ranging and important role in our society and daily lives, influencing areas such as employment, personal relationships (e.g., marriages) and purchases large and small. They are also integral to every area of legal practice, including attorney-client fee agreements, tort settlements, criminal plea agreements, and property distribution agreements in a marriage dissolution action. An understanding of the substantive law of contracts is vital for any paralegal professional.

In this course, you’ll discover the key elements of a legally enforceable contract and the defenses that can be raised in an enforcement action. We’ll explore the differences in remedies under contract and tort law and discuss contract negotiation and drafting techniques. By the end of the course, you’ll understand how to expertly analyze, interpret and revise contracts, adding valuable knowledge to your paralegal skillset.

What You’ll Learn

  • The sources of law used in researching, drafting and litigating contracts
  • Basic requirements for creating a valid and enforceable contract, from offer and acceptance to capacity and legality
  • Laws relating to assignment of contract rights, delegation of contract duties, novation, and the rights of third-party beneficiaries
  • Financial and equitable remedies available under contract law, including contracts for the sale of goods
  • How to analyze a contract issue and conduct a negotiation that results in a precise, understandable contract

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. The number of courses offered each quarter varies depending on how many quarters the program covers. See below for details.