Harvard : Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract

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Law and Legal


  • Platform Online
  • Duration 48 hours
  • Skill level Beginner
  • Language English
  • Seats 50
  • Start 17 Mar
  • End 30 Sep
  • Week Days Anyday
  • Time Anytime
Course Description

Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world's leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal? This version of the course adds new units on Interpretation, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, and Government Regulation. We are exposed to contracts in all areas of our life -- agreeing to terms when downloading a new computer program, hiring a contractor to repair a leaking roof, and even ordering a meal at a restaurant. Knowing the principles of contracts is not just a skill needed by lawyers, it illuminates for everyone a crucial institution that we use all the time and generally take for granted. This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. It will provide an introduction to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains. The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistake, fraud, and frustration. With the knowledge of what makes contracts and how they can go wrong, Professor Fried will discuss remedies and specific performance. Finally, Professor Fried will introduce how contracts can create rights for third parties.

Course Requirements
  • None

Receive an instructor-signed certificate with the Harvard University's logo to verify your achievement and increase your job prospects for $125 USD

Learning Outcomes
  • How courts interpret contracts
  • Issues excusing contractual performance
  • Available remedies for contractual breaches
  • A theoretical background of contracts, trust, and promise
  • Relationship of Contracts to Agency, Partnership, Corporations and Regulation
  • Third parties' ability to enforce contracts
  • The limitations of contract law
  • How to read through contracts to apply these key concepts and understand potential issues and outcomes
  • How to form contracts through valid offer and acceptance
  • Limits to enforcing contracts

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