Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract

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Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal? This version of the course adds new units on Interpretation, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, and Government Regulation. 

We are exposed to contracts in all areas of our life — agreeing to terms when downloading a new computer program, hiring a contractor to repair a leaking roof, and even ordering a meal at a restaurant. Knowing the principles of contracts is not just a skill needed by lawyers, it illuminates for everyone a crucial institution that we use all the time and generally take for granted.

This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise w...

Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal? This version of the course adds new units on Interpretation, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, and Government Regulation. 

We are exposed to contracts in all areas of our life — agreeing to terms when downloading a new computer program, hiring a contractor to repair a leaking roof, and even ordering a meal at a restaurant. Knowing the principles of contracts is not just a skill needed by lawyers, it illuminates for everyone a crucial institution that we use all the time and generally take for granted.

This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. It will provide an introduction to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains. The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistake, fraud, and frustration. With the knowledge of what makes contracts and how they can go wrong, Professor Fried will discuss remedies and specific performance. Finally, Professor Fried will introduce how contracts can create rights for third parties. 

The course’s instructor, Charles Fried, has been teaching at Harvard Law School for more than 50 years and has written extensively on contracts. Not only is Professor Fried a leading authority on contract law, but he also utilizes a story-telling approach to explaining the topic, which creates a unique and interesting class experience.


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Kevin Tanter

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 11 months ago
This course was fantastic, as was the provision of professor Fried. I was honored to attend a course taught by the prestigious Harvard University, by a professor as famous as Mr. Professor Fried. I wish simply to thank the whole team and participants, with special mention for the designer who did a great job, and obviously Professor Fried. See you soon I hope for a new MOOC in your company with HarvardX
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Dan Berty

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
Great course overall, from the fun & easy to understand examples, to the discussion, this is one of the top 3 edX courses available, & I've got 9 other certificates (& audited countless others). Hope Mr. Fried does another course.
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pulkit munoth

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
This is an wonderful course offered by Harvard university and best professor in world Mr. Charles fries superb!!!
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Deborah Irish

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
What a wonderful course,I think every one would highly benefit in enrolling in this course, Prof Fried is a fantastic speaker in the way he portray,s each and every different situation that this course provides. The content is enriching and i have learnt so much in doing this course.Also the course Staff are very helpful, I highly recommend this course.
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Anujin Molomjamts

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
It is simply great. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is willing to explore new knowledge.
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Jesus Rafael Camargo

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
The course was very good and very professional. I recommend it. Again thank you very much to Harvard University and Professor Fried and his good team. Keep up courses and with this new method of higher learning.
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Sandeep VYAS

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
The course was a wonderful refresher for me. Certain case studies provided were provided real food for thought - law is not simple as it seems - twists and turns are understatement for the same. Kudos to Charles and the entire edX team.
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Olalekan Yakubu

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
What a very enriching course content!The experience has also been very remarkable. Perhaps the course wouldn't have been laudable without such an awesome Professor. I recommend this course for everyone: It is a course worthy of study.
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Amgad Mady

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
This is awesome course and splendid information for even those who are not related to Law major in their studying or their career . It illustrates the idea of contracts simply and efficiently . I highly recommend it for all .
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ian saini

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
The course was really good and the instructor was very superb. The content was amazing. I will definitely enroll for another one. Wishing the instructor and all the participants all the best. Good day.
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Lee Kellogg

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
The content was straight to the point...no side bars. The questions were truly thought provoking. The Prof was excellent and his teaching method incorporated both visual and audio techniques. It was not dry that's for sure! Actually, it was fun and I really did look forward to the course sections. I also read the required books and found that helped considerably. Law should be thought with the understanding of today's legal situations and I think that what the Professor did, while keeping a firm foot in the prescribed legal dogma that's taught in many law schools. CONCLUSION: I learned more the Prof. than I did in a whole semester of Contracts in law school.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
I'm really edify after this MOOC. I Like the style of teaching and the real cases wet analyse during the course. It's really helpful and important.Thanks
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Isreal Hough

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
Course Content: As a Paralegal I have to say it was incredibility informative. Easy to follow. Presented a reasonable challenge to learning Contract Law. Instructor: Mr. Fried delivered the course content in an excellent manner and with understanding. Thank You Sir. Provider: (assuming ref edX and HarvardX) Thank You BOTH for providing the valuable opportunity!
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S K

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
Extremely full filling and interesting course. The ContractsX-team do a lovely job together with Prof. Fried to teach contacts in an simple and understandable way.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years ago
The course is fabulous. Its expressed the contractual obligations between two parties and contracts that are enforceable which the courts and government can stand behind. The experience in the course exposed me to daily knowledge of contracts which can aid me in my career and life endeavour.
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fidelis Azuonwu

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
This is a powerful, well structured clearly taught course, Prof. Fred's lectures was very interesting and clear,although it is not an easy course but prof. Fred's lectures made it easy and enjoyable. I thank him and his group for giving me the best of this course
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Yojna Woograsingh

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
it has been an amazing course with lots of challenges. Prof.Fried is the most wonderful lecturer I have ever had. very detailed course and very well explained. excellent in every way, I have learned a lot from this course. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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Martin Collard

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
This was a most enjoyable and illuminating course given by a prominent Professor from Harvard who in his inimitable style has helped to make this course what it is. Given in plain easy to understand language without baffling legal jargon made this course a real pleasure. I wish all my previous teachers had been like him. Thank you very much.
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4 years, 1 month ago
Awesome course! Teaches all the essentials ingredients (not just maxims) that makes a contracts enforceable or not. It takes you from the very foundations / basis of contracts and also how courts make new laws based on contract cases and generally restates the basis on which contractual cases are decided.
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Maria P

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
This has been one of my favorite courses in edx so far. The examples are simple enough for everyone to understand, especially people that have no experience in civil law.
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Sandy Fischer

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
This course is awesome! The structure of this course is really good. You can understand everything without any problems. Prof. Fried is an amazing Professor.
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SELFA DOMYIL NIMRAM

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
The course is interactive and exposure on daily life transaction which give awareness on how to enter a legitimate contracts. Kudos to Harvard and the instructor for putting us through.
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4/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 2 months ago
I have many expectations of the course because I´m a lawyer and I studied Contract Course from Latinamerica perspective and European so it will contribute a lot to my background to learn about american law regarding "Commercial Contracts". Regards, Ingrid Valdés
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REMY DIAZ

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
CONTRACT LAW, IN WHICH THE WILL OF THE PARTIES AND FREE CONSENT and spontaneous SEEN expressed an interest in establishing VLUNTADES AGREEMENT IS A LAW FOR THEM. I AM INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE, I hope to learn more.
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Muhammad Jamil Akhtar

7/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
Excited to know and update my professional knowledge on the insights of contract laws being of vital importance.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
I am a American Native. Well over 10000 separate contracts-treaties- none of which was honored. Obvious American contract law is based on skin tone.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
This will be a very interesting subject specially when we can use it to compare laws governing contracts of different countries differ and where they are alike.
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GHULAM ABBAS WATTOO

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
THIS IS A VERY BENEFICIAL COURSE. I SHALL LEARN A LOT.BECAUSE CONTRACTS ARE THE PART OF OUR DAILY LIFE.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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4 years, 3 months ago
I have some knowledge about contract but it is exciting moment for me I am taking this class with one of the leading institution in the world and legendary Professor Charles. Look forward to start it.
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FLORENTINE MUTUYIMANA

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
I have no particular Knowledge of contract but the the course content very interesting to learn because contract is a part of my everyday life.Instructor is a professor of Law at Harvard university so I am sure he will give as a quality course and then provider will provides a quality service.so I am really look forward to this one and I hope this course will help me
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