Yale Law School, through the lifelong learning platform Coursera, offers a comprehensive overview of contract law in the United States. Each lecture is based on one or more common law cases, integrating legal doctrines with policy discussions. The course also covers key sections from the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which governs the sale of goods.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to understand formation – how a valid and enforceable contract is created, including concepts such as offer, acceptance, consideration, and promissory estoppel.
There is a second module “American Contract Law II” which covers formation defenses – how an otherwise valid contract can be void, including the statute of frauds, mistake, misrepresentation, duress, unconscionability, and illegality. It also covers performance – the scope and content of a contractual obligation, including conditions, the duty of good faith, and the impracticability defense. The course closes with remedies: the types of available remedies for a breach of contract, including various types of money damages and injunctive relief.