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by Franklin G. Snyder, Mark Edwin Burge

American Contract Law for a Global Age by Franklin G. Snyder and Mark Edwin Burge of Texas A&M University School of Law is a casebook designed primarily for the first-year Contracts course as it is taught in American law schools, but is configured so as to be usable either as a primary text or a supplement in any upper-level U.S. or foreign class that seeks to introduce American contract law to students.  As an eLangdell text, it offers maximum flexibility for students to read either in hard copy or electronic format on most electronic devices.

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1. Introduction to Contract Law
1.1. Unit 1: Thinking Like a Transactional Lawyer
1.2. Unit 2: Thinking Like a Contract Litigator
2. Contract Formation
2.1. Unit 3: Mutual Assent
2.2. Unit 4: Offers to Contract
2.3. Unit 5: Problems with Offers
2.4. Unit 6: Acceptance
3. Consideration
3.1. Unit 7: The Basic Requirement of Consideration
3.2. Unit 8: Special Issues with Consideration
3.3. Unit 9: Promissory Estoppel as a Consideration Substitute
4. Alternative Regimes
4.1. Unit 10: Uniform Commercial Code – Scope and Formation
4.2. Unit 11: Uniform Commercial Code – Merchants and Terms
4.3. Unit 12: United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
5. Contract Defenses
5.1. Unit 13: Capacity to Contract
5.2. Unit 14: The Statute of Frauds
5.3. Unit 15: Assent-Based Defenses
5.4. Unit 16: Policy-Based Defenses
6. Terms and Interpretation
6.1. Unit 17: The Parol Evidence Rule
6.2. Unit 18: The Interpretive Toolbox
6.3. Unit 19: Conditions
6.4. Unit 20: Implied Terms
7. Performance and Breach
7.1. Unit 21: Standards of Contract Performance
7.2. Unit 22: Excused Performance
8. Remedies
8.1. Unit 23: The Expectation Interest
8.2. Unit 24: Restitution and Reliance
8.3. Unit 25: Limits on Damages
8.4. Unit 26: Special Remedies
9. Nonparties
9.1. Unit 27: Third-Party Beneficiaries
9.2. Unit 28: Assignment and Delegation

Franklin G. Snyder is Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, where he has taught Contracts and Business Associations since 2000. He also has taught as a visiting professor at the law schools at Notre Dame, Temple University, and the University of Idaho. Prior to entering teaching, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Snyder is the founder of the annual International Conference on Contracts, now in its thirteenth year, and Co-Founder and Editor Emeritus of the ContractsProf blog. He is one of the co-revisers of the new edition of the popular White & Summers UCC Hornbook series by West Academic, the first volume of which, Principles of Sales Law (2d ed.), was published in 2017. He is also co-editor of the book, Harry Potter and the Law.

Mark Edwin Burge is Professor of Law and Director of San Antonio Programs at Texas A&M University School of Law, where he teaches Contracts, Payment Systems, and practice skills courses, including Contract Drafting. His scholarship focuses on commercial law, emerging payment systems, and legal pedagogy. Prior to entering teaching in 2005, he practiced in the area of business and commercial litigation and related transactions, including representation of financial institutions victimized by kiting and other negotiable instrument fraud schemes. Burge is a Contributing Editor to ContractsProf Blog, President of the Central States Law Schools Association (2017-2018), and a member of the Legal Writing Institute.

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