Common Law (graduate entry) LLB

Law of Contract (CL-FR) LAW1042

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces to the main concepts of contract law in common law jurisdictions, particularly, but not limited to, English law. The course concentrates on the formation, content, vitiation and breach of contracts, and also introduces students to certain debated themes in contract law.


Three one-hour lectures per week; six one-hour tutorials.

Excluded Courses

LAW 1022 Obligations 1B (LLB Scots Law)

LAW 1001 Business Law




The assessment consists of a two-hour unseen written examination at the end of the course.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

■ To provide a solid understanding of the core structure and key content of the law of contract in England and Wales, with appropriate references to the law of other common law jurisdictions.

■ Briefly to introduce extra-contractual obligations to link this course with the 'Law of Tort' module in semester two of year one, and with Equity and Trusts in semester two of year two.

■ To enhance students' problem-solving skills through the identification of legal issues in complex problems, the application of relevant legal rules, and the solution of problems set for tutorials and appearing in exams.

■ To enhance research and legal writing skills.

■ To encourage critical analysis and independent thought

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a firm knowledge of the core structure and key content of the law of contract, particularly relating to the formation, content, vitiation, and breach of contracts.

■ Identify and outline (via introductory references to tort and equity), in preparation for fuller subsequent study, core aspects of contract law's interaction and co-existence with other institutions in private law, and the legal system more broadly (eg, equity (estoppel) and statute (unfair terms)).

■ Explain issues in problem scenarios, and solve problems by reference to appropriate authority.

■ Explain core instances in which legal principles conflict (eg, in the context of consideration, or the good faith debate), and demonstrate an outline understanding of how to conduct further work enabling them to take a view on which set of principles, etc, they prefer.

■ Construct useful accounts of individual judicial decisions, and bodies of decisions.

■ Work independently and to deadlines and plan work accordingly..

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Completion of summative assessment.