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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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 2 months ago
I find it interesting. You don't need any knowledge about law, really. Professor Charles Fried explains easily with interesting examples.
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5 years, 1 month ago
Excellent primer on contract law. Covers the basics and the prof is excellent. I strongly recommend this course to anyone because everyone can apply these well presented concepts on contract law to their daily lives
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5 years ago
Best class ever, you will learn a lot of, the teacher is such a best teacher, you will have to soulve huge examples and surely you will a lot ... please enroll to this course, Thank you so much Harvard EDX ! I really love it
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5 years, 1 month ago
I loved it. A tip for those who think instructors speech pace is slow: use the speed button. I did the entire course at 1.5X :) some of the other courses I am doing at 2.0X I am waiting for the next course on contracts. This course has made me a fan of edx.
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5 years, 1 month ago
I enjoyed Professor Fried's videos. The videos are what helped me to associate the cases with the intended point of the lesson in each unit.
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5 years, 1 month ago
WOW!!! I did a full accredited masters program online and this course was far more superior than something I paid LOADS of money for. Everything about this course was great. It was challenging, engaging, exciting, interesting and most of all, an exceptional learning experience.
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5 years, 1 month ago
Tedious .... to the point of being boring. If only the instructor would move at a faster pace. \----------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------
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I'm enjoying this class so much. I wish he would teach a Civil Law Class next. I would take that class too
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5 years, 2 months ago
Just another boring lecture. Why no application based learning? Lectures are the worst kind of education.
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4 years, 2 months ago
i'm an Egyptian law student and my intuition is not bad about the course and what i see around me that every thing around us working by contracts if you want to buy a car or house or even if you get cellphone and i guess and it will be clear after the course start that the bell of the supermarket is a contract too because you can go back and give it to the owner and get your money back and if they refuse you can use it as evidence i don't know just waiting for the answer after it begin thanks
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4 years, 5 months ago
I absolutely enjoyed this course. Prof. I really enjoyed the way that Prof Fried goes about breaking things down. I was reading that there was a follow up to this course, however, I've yet to find it. Is there a followup or continuance to this course?
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