Instructor(s): Peter Benson
Contract Law A; Contract Law B; Contract Law C; Contract Law D; First Year: Contract Law; First Year: Contracts

For graduate students, the course number is LAW5043HS.

Note: This course satisfies the Perspective course requirement.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This seminar is intended to provide a framework for students to explore contract law and contract theory at a more advanced level. The basic idea is that students are invited to return to what they studied in first year and to have an opportunity to re-think it in a deeper, more complete way. The course will cover a selection of the main principles and issues in contract law and theory. Doctrinal topics will include contract formation, third party beneficiaries, reliance, contractual fairness and unconscionability, remedies, mistake and frustration, and so forth. There is an incredibly rich and fascinating body of scholarship on all these topics. A variety of different theoretical approaches will be considered. For each topic, there will be a few assigned readings which will be introduced by the instructor or students for general class discussion. Students can choose to write on these or any other topics in contract law or contract theory.

A paper (6,000-7,000 words) (100%) on topic of student’s choice in contract law and theory. The emphasis of the paper can be more doctrinal or more theoretical as students wish. Topics and drafts should be discussed with the instructor.

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course


19 JD


Th: 2:10 - 4:00