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Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems

Front Cover - Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems

Third Edition

Brian A. Blum, Lewis & Clark
Amy C. Bushaw,
Lewis & Clark

2012. 1,032 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-1000-1

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. Carefully edited modern, engaging cases are presented in context along with classic older cases. Insightful questions draw attention to difficult and crucial aspects of the law and prompt vigorous class discussion. Manageable problems supplement cases and introduce topics taught most effectively through problems. The casebook’s 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. Transactional issues such as drafting, client counseling, and negotiation are emphasized through the use of questions and small exercises throughout the text. Strengthening the text’s 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 Third Edition introduces new cases, updated discussion, and challenging problems that tackle issues arising from the growing use of electronic media in the formation and performance of contracts. Fresh cases, problems, and text throughout the book provide new perspectives on contemporary approaches to the law. A focus on and full treatment of Revised Article 1 and Current Article 2 respond to the widespread enactment of the Article 1 revisions. Recognizing the failure of the proposed revisions of Article 2, the Third Edition no longer refers to revised Article 2. By responding to adopters’ suggestions and by reorganizing for clarity, the Third Edition has greatly enhanced its teaching effectiveness.


Hallmark features of Contracts: Cases, Discussion, and Problems:

  • Clear presentation of concepts, theory, questions, and problems
  • Carefully edited cases
    o modern, engaging as well as classic older
    o cases set in context by author-written material
  • Illuminating questions
    o confront difficult and crucial aspects of the law
    o  prompt class discussion
  • Manageable problems
    o supplement associated cases
    o introduce topics taught most effectively through problems
  • Traditional organization
    o begins with formation
    o corresponds to sequence followed by the  Restatement (2nd) of Contracts and treatises
  • Concise, efficient presentation of optimum length
  • Emphasis on transactional issues through  questions and exercises
    o drafting
    o client counseling
    o negotiation
  • Focus on contemporary methods of contracting such as contracts entered into electronically
  • International and comparative material showcasing alternative approaches
    o  United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts
  • Comprehensive Teacher’s Manual

Thoroughly updated, the revised Third Edition presents:

  • Coverage of growing use of electronic media  in formation and performance of contracts
    o new cases
    o new discussion and problems
  • Focus on and full treatment of Revised Article 1 and Current Article 2
    o considers widespread enactment of Article 1 revisions
    o recognizes failure of  proposed revisions of Article 2; no longer uses or refers to revised Article 2
  • Fresh cases, new problems, and updated text with perspectives on contemporary approaches to the law
  • Enhanced teaching effectiveness, based on adopters’ suggestions