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Textbooks and Other Materials
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Materials . You are required to use Randy E. Barnett, Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (5th ed. 2012) [hereinafter Casebook].
You may also choose to buy Steven J. Burton & Melvin A. Eisenberg, Contract Law: Selected Source Materials (2013 ed.) [hereinafter Supp. or Supplement], which many students find handy. You can certainly manage without the Supplement by using alternative sources like older editions or online sources or materials scattered throughout the Casebook, but doing so may require some additional time to locate the correct materials.
First Class Readings
First assignment. Before the first class (Monday, August 26), prepare pages 59-70 in the Casebook. “Prepare” means you should read the assigned materials and brief each case using the following headings in your case brief, to the extent possible: Facts, Procedural History, Issue(s), Holding(s), and Reasoning. To help prepare your brief, first view the PowerPoint posted on the course website on my.WCL; I will also explain case briefing in our orientation session (Thursday, August 22) and will respond to questions then. In addition, for the first class, you should do the problems on pages 69-70, including all variations, and should read the syllabus (it too is posted on my.WCL).
You may wish to get started on the assignment for the second class (Wednesday, August 28) by reading “Sources of Contract Law” (posted on my.WCL). The full assignment for the second class, and a number of subsequent classes, appears in List of Assignments, Part 1 (also posted on my.WCL).
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):