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Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems

Front Cover - Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems

Fourth Edition


Brian A. Blum
Lewis and Clark Law School 

Amy C. Bushaw
Lewis and Clark Law School

2017. 1072 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-6835-4.

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With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems is known for its strikingly clear, straightforward text that illuminates cases as well as concepts and theory. The book focuses on modern cases to expose students to contemporary contract law, but it also includes many important or iconic older cases. The cases are set in context by extensive author-written explanatory text. Insightful questions draw attention to difficult and crucial aspects of the law and prompt vigorous class discussion. Numerous  problems, ranging from simple to complex, supplement cases and introduce topics taught most effectively through problems. The casebookís traditional organization begins with formation and then corresponds to the sequence followed by the Restatement (2nd) of Contracts and treatises. Its concise, efficient presentation results in an optimum length for the course. Procedural issues are highlighted when presented by the cases and transactional issues such as drafting, client counseling, and negotiation are raised through the use of questions and small exercises throughout the text. Strengthening the textís focus on contemporary methods of contracting, modern issues in standard contracts are explored along with contracts entered into electronically. International and comparative material offers alternative approaches for students to consider, such as those taken by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.

The book is accompanied by a detailed and comprehensive teacherís manual that provides the authorsí answers to all problems and questions, commentary on the cases, references to additional materials, guidance on teaching the course, the amount of class time needed for coverage of each topic, and suggestions on what material should be assigned and what may be omitted for less full coverage. 

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • A continuing focus on contracting via electronic media.
  • Fresh cases, problems, and text throughout the book, where appropriate, to update the discussion or to provide new perspectives on contemporary approaches to the law. 
  • An increase in the number of problems and the conversion of former case notes into problems
  • Changes in selected topics to respond to suggestions of adopters, or to reorganize or condense the materials to improve their presentation and teaching effectiveness. 
  • New multiple choice self-assessment questions for each chapter at the end of the book.
Casebook Features:

  • The most important feature of the book is its deliberate design to be accessible and interesting to students and to provide them with materials that are challenging and thought-provoking, but also coherent and carefully organized so as to avoid unnecessary confusion.  
  • The textual component of the book is a key feature. Every section of each chapter contains author-written informative textual material that provides a basic explanation of the topics covered and gives students insight that enables them to work most efficiently through the cases, questions and problems. 
  • The cases in the book are carefully edited and are selected for accessibility, interesting and attractive facts, and clear exposition. Modern cases, many of which are very recent, are emphasized, but the book contains a good selection of older cases that are iconic or continue to be the best cases for teaching a particular subject.
  • The book adopts a multifaceted approach to learning, including textual exposition, case analysis, questions, and problems. While some problems are relatively simple others are more complex. Many problems are based on decided cases, which are summarized briefly in the text of the problem.
  • The book contains enough material for a 6-credit course, organized in a way that it can be adapted for a shorter course. The teacherís manual offers guidance on the selection of materials for shorter coverage of each topic in the book. 
  • The book covers UCC Article 2 comprehensively enough for the first-year contracts course, but is organized in a way that allows the individual professor to determine how much coverage of Article 2 is appropriate for his or her own course. 

Preface / Sample Chapters