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Unit information: Law of Contract in 2014/15

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Unit name Law of Contract
Unit code LAWDM0061
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Deehan
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit covers the formation of contracts, their contents, vitiating factors, discharge, and remedies. Topics covered include: Agreement (offer and acceptance); Consideration and promissory estoppel; Intention to create legal relations; Terms; Qualifications on liability; Illegitimate pressure; Misrepresentation; Mistake; Frustration; Performance and breach; Remedies.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able:

(a) to research and explain the origin, development and content of the principles and rules of the law of Contract;

(b) to identify issues of the law of Contract arising in different factual situations;

(c) to analyse the leading cases and statutory provisions; to understand how to deal with case law; and to recognise difficulties in identifying, reconciling and applying relevant source material;

(e) to present complex legal arguments in a coherent and persuasive fashion and to identify and reconcile inconsistencies in competing arguments;

(d) to apply knowledge of the law in resolution of issues identified;

(e) to criticise the relevant legal rules and to consider possible solutions for the successful reform and application of the law. Students should be able to state the law accurately, to apply legal principles to problem case scenarios, and to think critically about ways in which the law could be reformed. The examination includes both problem type and essay type questions, designed to assess both whether students were able to understand and apply the law across the breadth of the syllabus, and whether they were able to think critically about it.

Teaching details

Seminars, plus up to 27 lectures

Assessment Details

Formative - Students will have the opportunity to sit a mid-sessional examination in January, to give them early feedback on examination technique and their understanding of core aspects of Contract Law. summative - 3000 word research essay (33%), which will test students' research skills. At the end of the year their skills in handling case law and statutory materials will be tested in a three hour examination (67%).

Reading and References

E McKendrick, Contract Law (10th edn., Palgrave MacMillan, 2013) Blackstone's Statutes on Contract, Tort and Restitution, 23rd ed (2013);

A Burrows, A Casebook on Contract Law (4th edn., Hart, 2013);

McKendrick, Contract Law, 9th ed (2011); Treitel, The Law of Contract, 13th ed (2011)