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MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF LAW at ANDOVER

SYLLABUS for Contracts – Spring 2010

Professor Diane M. Sullivan

Instructor:Professor Sullivan Email: dianes@mslaw.edu Phone: 978.681.0800 ext. 120

Text:1. Studies in Contract Law, Murphy, Speidel, Ayres (7th Edition);

Class Times:Monday, Wednesday & Friday 2.30 p.m. – 3.50 p.m., or Monday & Wednesday 9:00 p.m. – 10:20 p.m., and Friday at 7:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.

PurposeThe purpose of this course is to introduce students to core ideas about

& Course  the law.  Accordingly, my basic goals include:

Description: 1.  Providing a forum for case analysis and synthesis in the common law tradition.  

2.  Also, I attempt to instill in students a desire to perform their professional studies and duties with pride.  I attempt to ensure students develop good reading skills and develop habits and perspective that will remain throughout their lives.

Grading & Mid-Term: Worth 20 points – 90 minutes

Criteria:Final: Worth 70 points – 180 minutes  

Interdisciplinary Project: Worth 10 points

ASSIGNMENTS DUE FOR EACH CLASS

TopicsPage Numbers

Class 1The Consideration Requirement:  Bargained For28-45

01/20and Given In Exchange

Cases Due:  Kirksey v. Kirksey, Hamer v. Sidway, Langer v. Superior Steel Corp., Jara v. Suprema Meats, Inc.

Class 2Mixed Motives and Nominal Consideration;46-74

01/22Adequacy of Values Exchanged.

Cases Due:  Thomas v. Thomas, Browning v. Johnson, Apfel v. Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc., In re Greene, Fiege v. Boehm

Class 3Pre-existing Duty Rule/ Mutuality of Obligation77-107

1/25

Cases Due:  Levine v. Blumenthal, Alaska Packers’ Assoc. v. Domenico,

Angel v. Murray, Rehm-Zeiher Co. v. F.G.Walker Co., McMichael v. Price, Wood V. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, Onmi Group, Inc.v.Seattle-First National Bank

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