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National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Contracts (PLG-102)

Location: 
Various, distance learning format.
Length: 

Varies; self-study format.

Dates: 
April 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: properly research various sources of contract law including common law, case law, general obligation statutes and the Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.); describe the process in which a contract can be formed by "mutual assent"; differentiate between an offer and a mere expression of interest or invitation to negotiate; describe rules of revocation by actions or expressions and apply those rules to fact patterns; list actions that constitute acceptance of an offer; apply more complex aspects of the rule of consideration including the rules governing partial payment checks and promises to pay rewards; define and apply rules regarding defenses against the enforcement of a contract; recognize cases in which a contract can be voided due to grounds such as mistake, duress, unconscionably, statute of frauds, etc. and determine whether any such defense is applicable in a particular case; decide if a contract has been breached in a particular fact pattern; apply "substantial performance" rule to breach of contract scenarios and the related "perfect tender" rule of the U.C.C. in the sale of goods; apply rules for contract remedies (expectation, reliance and restitution damages) to a particular fact pattern and predict kind of remedy a court will be most likely to order in that case; outline the type of remedy a court will likely order in a specific case; and outline the necessary conditions before a court will order equitable remedies such as specific performance.

Instruction: 

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the common law of contracts from the formation of a contract through its termination including several ways in which the contract can be entered: consideration, offer, and acceptance; illusory contracts;oral contracts, the statute of frauds, accord, and satisfaction, enforcement, damages for breach of contract, and the several defenses available to a party who rescinds on a contract. Students study the Uniform Commercial Code and the laws governing the sale of goods. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business Law or Contracts (1/13) (3/18 revalidation).

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