CALI lessons allow you to work through different contract rules and doctrines in an interactive format in which you answer questions and explain your reasoning. If you are confused or have questions about an issue, a CALI lesson may provide a quick way to test and improve your knowledge.
Some Good Study Aids for Contracts
The first rule you should follow in Contracts class is to carefully read the material in your casebook several times. While your assigned readings and class discussions should be your primary concerns, treatises, hornbooks, and similar texts provide additional perspectives, analyses, and explanations that can help you make sense of contract law. It is important to choose your supplementary readings with care, however, because some study aids make contract law seem simpler than it really is. With this caveat in mind, the following are sources that provide useful discussion, analysis, and explanation of issues in contract law:
E. Allan Farnsworth, Contracts (4th ed.), Aspen Publishers, 2004. This hornbook gives clear and relatively detailed discussions of the various doctrines you will cover in your Contracts class. There are a couple of copies in the Law Library's general collection as well as a copy on reserve. Call number: KF801 F365 2004.
Brian A. Blum, Contracts (5th ed.), Wolters Kluwer, 2011. Blum provides a clear discussion of contract doctrines along with simple, intuitive examples and problems to illustrate those doctrines. This book is a great place to go if you are having trouble understanding a particular doctrine. There are copies of the 4th and 5th editions in the Law Library's collection of Study Aids, located in the bookcase on your right as you enter Library. Call number: KF801 .B58 2011
Jeff Ferriel, Understanding Contracts (2nd ed.), LexisNexis, 2009. This book also has clear discussions of contract doctrine. There is more discussion of cases here than in Blum's Contracts. There are a couple of copies of this book in the Law Library's collection of study aids, located in the bookcase on your right as you enter the Library. Call number: KF801 .Z9 F46 2009
David Epstein, Law School Legends: Contracts (BarBri Group, 2005) and Douglas J. Whaley, Contracts, 2nd ed. (West Group, 2002). In addition to the textual aids listed above, the Koren Center on the 5th floor of the Law Library maintains a collection of audio recordings of lessons on contract law. With these recordings you can use your commute to brush up on contracts. Call numbers: Compact Disc KF801 .E67 2005 (Epstein) and Compact Disc KF801 .W49 2007 (Whaley)
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
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 http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=54 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: