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This guide will steer your toward a variety of resources that will help you learn contract law.
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Study Aids for Contracts

Hornbooks and other study aids provide additional perspectives and clarifications to your assigned reading. Do not rely on them exclusively.

Unless otherwise noted all these Texts are located in the Law Library's Study Aids collection, which is located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the Law Library.

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Contracts - Brian A. Blum
Call Number: KF801 .B58 2011
ISBN: 9780735588523
Publication Date: 2010-12-21

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Contracts 2009 - Brian N. Siegel
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 S524 2009
ISBN: 9780735579019
Publication Date: 2009-10-15

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Contracts - Claude D. Rohwer; Anthony M. Skrocki
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 S3 2010
ISBN: 9780314925640
Publication Date: 2010-07-06

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Contracts - E. Allan Farnsworth
Call Number: KF801 .F365 2004
ISBN: 0735545405
Publication Date: 2004-05-26
Available in the General Collection

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Mastering Contract Law - Irma S. Russell; Barbara K. Bucholtz
Call Number: KF801 .R87 2011
ISBN: 9781594602870
Publication Date: 2011-05-01

Understanding Contracts - Jeffrey Thomas Ferriell
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 F46 2009
ISBN: 1422429628
Publication Date: 2009-10-15

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Black Letter Outline on Contracts - Joseph Perillo
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 C27 2004
ISBN: 9780314151988
Publication Date: 2004-07-01

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Chirelstein's Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts - Marvin A. Chirelstein
Call Number: KF801 .C44 2010
ISBN: 9781599417769
Publication Date: 2010-05-14

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Contracts - Randy E. Barnett
Call Number: KF801 .B37 2010
ISBN: 9780199740185
Publication Date: 2010-04-21
The Oxford Introductions to U. S. Law

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Principles of Contract Law, 2d, the Concise Hornbook Series - Robert A. Hillman
Call Number: KF801 .H529 2009
ISBN: 9780314911629
Publication Date: 2009-10-09

Contracts 2008 - Steven Emanuel; Lazar Emanuel
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 C66 2009
ISBN: 9780735570597
Publication Date: 2009-10-06

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Contracts Crunchtime 2006 - Steven Emanuel
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 E563 2006
ISBN: 9780735563056
Publication Date: 2006-11-14

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Darrow-Kleinhaus' Acing Contracts - Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus
Call Number: KF801 .Z9 D37 2010
ISBN: 9780314171719
Publication Date: 2010-04-27


Some Sources of Contract Law

Historically contract law has been judge-made law.  In other words, the rules and doctrines of contract law emerge and evolve as judges make decisions in private litigation.  The Restatement of Contracts distills the concepts and rules articulated in contract decisions and presents them in a conceptually organized format. Besides stating rules and principles, the Restatement also includes lengthy comments explaining those rules and principles as well as examples to illustrate their application. Students should bear in mind that the Restatement in itself has no precedential value, although it can acquire precedential value to the extent that courts recognize and adopt particular provisions.

For sections 1-177 of the R2d, click here

For sections 178-315 of the R2d, click here

For sections 316 - End of the R2d, click here

Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code outlines a framework of rules to govern "transactions in goods." Article 2 has been enacted into law in every state except Louisiana.  It has also been adopted in the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Note that while the versions of Article 2 adopted in different states are very similar, there is some minor variation from state to state. 

For the text of UCC Article 2 and comments (as amended through 1994), click here

For the text of the UCC as enacted in New York State, click here


Koren AV Resources on Contracts

The Koren AV Center, located on the Fifth floor of the Law Library, provides audio lectures on Contracts.

Contracts - David Epstein
Call Number: KF801 .E67 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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Sum and Substance Audio on Contracts - Douglas J. Whaley
Call Number: KF801 .W49 2007
ISBN: 9780314180650
Publication Date: 2007-08-30


Audio Downloads of Contracts Cases

The website for AudioCaseFiles allows you to download an audio version of the many important torts opinions as an MP3 file.

To register for an AudioCaseFiles account, go to: CourtroomView Network (CVN) and follow the instructions.  If you have problems registering, please contact Beth Adelman at the Law Library for assistance.

For a list of audiorecorded opinions that are included in Farnsworth, et al., Contracts: Cases and Materials, 6th ed., click here

Here is a list of audiorecorded cases available for Professor Schegel's Contracts class:

Frigaliment Importing v. B.N.S. International Sales  

Embry v. Hargadine, McKittrick Dry Goods Co.

McDonald v. Mobil Coal Producing

Empro Mfg. v. Ball-Co Mfg.

Idaho Power v. Westinghouse Electric

Goodman v. Dicker

D&G Stout v. Bacardi Imports

Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon

Eastern Air Lines v. Gulf Oil

Nanakuli Paving & Rock v. Shell Oil

Morin Building Products v. Baystone Construction Inc.

Jacob & Youngs v. Kent

Neri v. Retail Marine

Groves v. John Wunder

Wasserman's Inc. v. Township of Middleton


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