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Business Law: Contracts | [The Great Courses]

Business Law: Contracts

What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures. As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts.
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What is a contract? How can you make one binding? How can you avoid being prematurely bound by one? What remedies are available if someone breaches your contract? These questions and the other important issues of legally enforceable promises are covered in these eight lectures.

As you'll learn in these eight lectures, contractual agreements are one of the principal mechanisms for ordering life in society. Professor Cross lays a comprehensive foundation in the practical and intricate body of law that governs contracts. Throughout his expertly delivered lectures, he guides you through a range of topics and issues and helps you finally make better sense of business contracts-in all their seemingly overwhelming complexity.

You'll explore the boundaries of contracts in law, including the four main requirements that any contract must satisfy. You'll unpack the Uniform Commercial Code of the United States, which incorporated common law about commercial contracts into state statutes. You'll learn about the main components of a contract (such as the preliminary issues of offer and acceptance, the definiteness of a contract's terms, and the ability of parties to negotiate). You'll also review problems associated with the performance and enforcement of a contract, including how much of a performance is required to consider a contract discharged and the categories of persons who are permitted to enforce agreements. Please note: This course is not intended to provide financial or investment advice. All investments involve risk: Past performance does not guarantee future success. You acknowledge that any reliance on any information from the materials contained in this course shall be at your own risk.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©1994 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1994 The Great Courses

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-12-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-12-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent with two quibbles"

    I enjoyed these lectures on US contract law. They were presented at a fairly high-level, as you'd expect, but I felt they hit all the key areas. Professor Cross has an amiable, easy style that makes the lectures very enjoyable and hopefully less intimidating for non-lawyers.

    I wanted to give the lectures five stars across the board, but I felt the need to withhold a star for two reasons. My reasons may be minor and may something to do with my preferred style of learning, but together I felt they warranted four instead of five overall stars.

    First, for a somewhat complex topic like contract law where many topics/sub-topics are covered, it would have been helpful to have been given a "road map" and then reminded of it from time to time. By a roadmap, I mean a summary of the topics to be covered and their roles and important inter-relationships and status report of which we'd covered and which we were still coming down the pike.

    Second, I felt that the professor should have been more precise about the facts of the cases he mentioned. It was a bit weird to first hear something, `This was a case about the purchase of a boat by a policeman` and then, `No, sorry, it was a case about a car bought by a policeman or a fireman or someone`. The legal point the professor was making was not lost because he got the relevant facts right, but the confusion about other facts seemed a bit unpolished, especially given the relatively small number of cases.

    One more point: it would have been nice to have the case names so the keeners among us could have Googled them.

    Still, overall very enjoyable.

    I wish there were more law-related lectures like these available on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 01-11-14
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    "This lecture makes sense"

    I know nothing about the law so I thought I'd try to learn something. This is a great lecturer. I've listened to it twice. He's interesting and gives good examples. I enjoy his cases - the partnership that went to court because one partner didn't think the other was being fair in sharing the goods.... and they ended up hung because they were highwaymen. Vocabulary is important but he gives good definitions. I think I have a better understanding because of this book.

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    Lakota 08-08-13
    Lakota 08-08-13

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    What made the experience of listening to Business Law: Contracts the most enjoyable?

    The professor has a highly captivating style


    What did you like best about this story?

    Theoretical concepts followed by case studies


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Blasted right through


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    Amazon Customer Cambridge, MA, United States 08-03-13
    Amazon Customer Cambridge, MA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent introduction to contract law"
    What did you love best about Business Law: Contracts?

    This series of lectures provided an interesting, well-organized introduction to the law of contracts. The lecturer was clear, articulate, and witty. I especially enjoyed the many case studies that he discussed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thiago Gomes Calmon Brasilia, DF Brazil 11-18-14
    Thiago Gomes Calmon Brasilia, DF Brazil 11-18-14 Member Since 2011

    A Legal English teacher in love with audiobooks.

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    "The Best Class ever!"
    If you could sum up Business Law: Contracts in three words, what would they be?

    It is just the best class I've ever had.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. The examples, the theory, the way it is taught.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Frank B. Cross – was your favorite?

    He is a character himself. One that makes you laugh and have a great time learning.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, It made me a Contract Law lover.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, if you want to learn about Contracts chose this one.

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    Skipp 02-27-14
    Skipp 02-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Good listen but dated."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Business Law: Contracts to be better than the print version?

    There is no print edition. It's a lecture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Business Law: Contracts?

    The parts about employment contracts because it could apply to me.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Frank B. Cross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not applicable


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was rather funny at times and interesting. It made you think about why the court made the decision and helped you understand the reasoning behind it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this series. It is a little dated but gives you what I believe is a brief taste of business contracts. This said, "I am not a lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 01-06-14
    Joseph 01-06-14

    Philosopher. Sustainability steward. Health and fitness junkie. Craft beer enthusiast and brewer.

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    "Builds a Great Foundation of Contract Law"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to my friends. Everyone should know their rights and this provides a great understanding of a wide-array of contract law.


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