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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD508 Course ID: 4051 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and sources of contract law. This course evaluates the various components of a legally binding agreement or promise and surveys the major issues affecting such enforceable agreements. Students will examine what constitutes breach of contract and the remedies available. The role of contracts in the commercial arena and in society will also be analyzed.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Identify the fundamental principles that guide the operation of agreements;

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the legal terms and concepts in contract law;

3. Evaluate and appraise what rights a person acquires under a contract;

4. Define the conditions under which performance of a contract is required or excused;

5. Identify what constitutes breach of contract and the remedies available for breach;

6. Interpret complex contract language;

7. Employ the proper drafting of a contract while complying with all the elements of contract formation to include the Statute of Frauds; and

8. Assess specific cases of contract law and recognize the laws and precedents established.


Contact between students and instructor can occur by phone or email. However, the best way to reach your instructor is via the MESSAGE tool in the Sakai classroom. Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. The number of these contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need. If you have not received a response from your instructor within 24 hours, please follow up, as the message or email may not have been received.


The assignments will consist of seven (7) Forums, drafting a contact, a Research Paper Proposal, Research Paper.

RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL: The research proposal has three parts. The first part is your initial discussion of the problem or issue you are going to research. In order to do this, one may have to do a bit of initial research. At the graduate level, one is required to spend some time thinking through the issues or problems one wants to explore. The proposal sets the tone and the parameters of your research. Remember you only have a total of 7 weeks to complete the research paper, so your topic has to be narrow enough so you can fully discuss and develop your idea. It must be such to lead to a unique conclusion, which will be discussed later.

Once you have described the legal issue or problem and set the parameters of the paper, then you transition into the second part of the research proposal. This part lays out how you plan on approaching the paper, the type of research you plan on conducting, and in general, the direction the paper will take.

Finally, the most important part of the research proposal is the conclusion. Or, more specifically, what you hope to conclude. For a thesis statement, one may refer to the conclusion as the hypothesis, which ideally will be supported to reach a solid conclusion.

The conclusion is the whole purpose behind the paper. It is nice to do research so you, the student, can learn more about a topic, or to inform a reader about a problem and the surrounding issues, but that is not the purpose of the paper itself. The purpose is for you to draw a conclusion.

A conclusion may be a recommendation or recommendations based on your research for whomever reads the paper, the lessons learned from the examples you gave, lessons that can be applied to a current situation, or a lesson that was not learned and therefore a mistake had been made in either a current or past situation, or your unique opinion or perspective on how history developed based on the research you did and your analysis.

So, the research proposal must have a working conclusion, hypothesis, in mind. The conclusion may change based on further research, but in order to conduct research one must have a goal in mind. Take time and think about how you want to end the paper.

FORUMS: Submit your initial response to the Forum discussion topic by Wednesday at midnight so your classmates can respond to your posting by Sunday.

The Forum is a “class discussion” activity. Therefore, if you fail to participate in the Forum during the week it is assigned, no credit will be awarded. As with all class participation, you are either “in class” or you are not.

For all Forum assignments (including Week One), you must respond to my query by midnight on Wednesday, and respond to at least two classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

DRAFTING A CONTRACT: See the instructions in the online classroom.


Students are required to submit a research paper worth 20% of your grade. The paper should be between 8 - 10 pages in length. All written submissions are required to be double-spaced.

The paper topic will be selected by the student with approval of the instructor via the research proposal. The topic may be on any topic related to contract law. The length should be between ten and fifteen pages at a maximum (double spaced, 12 point font), excluding Title Page and Reference Page. This is a graduate level course and a paper commensurate with graduate level work is expected. The paper length is ultimately determined by the parameters the student sets in his or her introduction and the amount of writing necessary to fully develop and analyze the legal topic selected. All sources of information must be footnoted and selected bibliography of all sources used or referenced expected. Works cited alone is not acceptable.

And yes, you must use footnotes! The central function of legal citation is to allow the reader to efficiently locate the cited source. All courses in the Legal Studies program require that any narrative essay or composition format follow the legal citation guidelines set forth in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed., More information can be found in the Web Resources and Course Resources links in the classroom.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Forums 35.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Research Paper Proposal 4.00 %
Research Proposal, due end of week 2 4.00 %
Draft a Contract 15.00 %
Draft a Contract, Part 1, Due end of week 5 7.50 %
Draft a Contract, Part 2, Due end of week 5 7.50 %
Research Paper 20.00 %
Research Paper - Due end of week 7 20.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Comprehensive Exam 2019 - 2020 25.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.