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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9/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 3 months ago
This course will be very constructive as the previous course. I learned a lot and enjoyed taking the first course, and now i really look forward to this one.
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Haris Awan

7/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 4 months ago
In the modern world, one should be sound in contract management.Contracts are a daily part of everybody's life; starting from daily routine to business contracts. Thorough study of contracts at each point or clause is a win.
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Gajalakshmi J

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 4 months ago
The Contents are highly needed in this Corporate world, best understanding about Contracts always has its scope in the Legal Market/Domain. Waiting for Jan 7th to attend this course from one of the best University in this world. Stay Blessed and Happy learning.
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BEN JOMELI

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
EXCELLENT.CONTENT IS PRECISE AND TO THE POINT.I WANT MY HONOR CODE CERTIFICATE WHEN COURSE IS IN SESSION.I DID COURSE ON ARCHIVE..THANKS AND GOD BLESS
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Essam Shayboub

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 5 months ago
I was impressed by how the content is showed, it seems the teaching and presenting technique will be very interesting to me. I'm very keen on taking this course.
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Phat Vo

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
I'm really interesting about this program, I love the law too, and I want to learn about all kinds of thing, expected and unexpected about life
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Deema Alkhateeb

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
This is actually a really excellent course! This is one of the quality courses you find here on edx, the instructor ability to demonstrate different methodologies and the presentation is absolutely outstanding!
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Arslan Baig

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
Most of us have heard about contracts but we don't really know what a "Contract" is. This amazing online course tells you everything you need to know about contracts. A big shout-out to everyone involved with this course, including Harvard.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
This is a very informative and productive course! I have no experience in law, but really enjoyed the lectures. I'm looking forward to Dr. Fried's next course.
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alejandra del pilar garcia gutierrez

10/10 starsDropped
4 years, 6 months ago
i think that is a great experiencie because are one of the worlds leading¨authorities contract law, for me i very important receive this information from my carreer and my life.
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Sadruddin Mitha

7/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
everything I have studied has impressed me beyond my expectation, I am glad there are institutions and people who devote their time, skill and devote themselves to educate common man, free of cost, at his own convenience, without attending mandatory classes or travelling in comfort of his house and the time convenient to him Brave, May God bless all of you who are directly or indirectly connected with this noble humanitarian activity. keep it us. this world will be a better place to live
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Oko Obasi

8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
It is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege to be a part of this course. The content is comprehensive,the Instructors are superb and the provider is just the best!
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chase sorrells

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
my favorite professor so far. the class was well taught! anyone who takes this course can learn a great deal from it.
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Geordanio Junior

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
Eu creio que seja bastante proveitoso pois possibilita novas experiências para que o aluno ou profissional tenha um maior conhecimento.
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Alia Al

9/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
I'm a third year law student and even though this course is a first year class, I'm very excited because it is given by Charles Fried and I will have an American perspective! Cheeers!
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Javanshir Seyidov

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
it is very well for our yoiung generation! especially people who finished their university in law areas is the most crucial education and trainsheepfor their career
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Stephen Bortey

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
This is the best opportunity to start my law program especially from a renown Prof. From a respected institution.
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Chinomso Sunday

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
The world has suffered lots of frustrations resulting from breach of Trust in Agreements. Therefore, Contract Law becomes an imperative study for EVERY business person and institution, if they must survive the cruelty of today's deceits. I can't wait to commence My studies by January, 2016. Thank you Prof. Charles ... waiting for your kind tutelage.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 6 months ago
I can't wait to start. Contract Law is so interesting. Especially learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried is a really good chance to better understand, learn and revise it.
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RENAN HARARI

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
Excellent opportunity to gain access to contract law course lead by Dr. Charles Fried Professor of Law Harvard University.
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Margaret Cofire

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
I am very much interested !.I can't wait to start this course..* please I thought I could sign in as an interested student but am not seeing where to apply here ?guess its too early since its Jan.2016.I want a verified certificate after completion *MJ
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om prakash singh

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
Dear Sir, I have taken your previous course Contracts,from Trust to Promise to Contract.That was great course taught by great Guru(teacher).Is this course is same .Please start some more advanced than previous one.Thanks Regards Om Prakash Singh
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Williams Kubhanga

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
Its promising to be quite an important course for engineers and managers which happen to be my field. I'm so looking forward to this course
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BEN JOMELI

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
VERY GOOD. I DID CONTRACTSX, AND I HOPE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ID VERIFIED CERTIFICATE FOR CONTRACT LAW, WHICH IS PRINCIPALLY THE SAME COURSE
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Camelia Nastase

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 7 months ago
Thank you for a great course! I really enjoy the explanations of prof. Fried, he has a very interesting manner of teaching. I took the class in three days, I was looking forward for the next unit as if it was a novel. Thank you, professor!
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4 years, 9 months ago
What a great course. What a great teacher. Feel like going through the videos over and over again. So interesting. You get a thorough knowledge about basic principles of contracts.Extremely useful to any business professional.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
The Professor is great. Complete privilege taking this course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
By far the best course l've taken on EDx. Perfect teacher, everything is designed for you to understand.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
This is what Harvard was made for - and should stick to, really. Enthusiastic teacher, great questions and very limited peer reviews, overall very good.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
I´m pretty happy about being in this course... the Teacher is exellent, I love this course, let me know if I can take it again!
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