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About the Course

American Contract Law I (along with its sister course Contracts II) provides a comprehensive overview of contract law in the United States. The course covers most of the key concepts found in a first year law school class. Each lecture is based on one or more common-law cases, integrating legal doctrines with policy discussions. The course also covers key sections from the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which governs the sale of goods. By the end of the course, the learner should be able to understand: Formation: how a valid and enforceable contract is created, including concepts such as offer, acceptance, consideration, and promissory estoppel....

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May 2, 2019

This course is an interesting, entertaining, and informative introduction to the prerequisites to contracting. I really enjoyed it and look forward to building on the foundation it provides.


Dec 9, 2019

An outstanding introduction with a very engaging instructor! This course made me think, and it made me come to terms with the legal underpinning of contract law. Completely worth my time.

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By Qi W

Jan 31, 2020

Very insightful. very well organized with thorough analysis to each classical cases in contract law history. Professor also provide insights from economic and policy perspective to help understand the logic behind a specific legal choice and the potential profound influence a case may impose to the entire society and to commercial practices.

By Priyaranjan

Aug 30, 2020

Nice course to understand the basic concepts of contract law and basics forms the bases for advanced contract, in my opinion this course is jurisprudence to contract law. Though I am able to understand every concept may be because difficult language of reading portion in this case but interesting cases incorporated in the course. Thank you

By Irene J

Dec 12, 2020

The format of this course is extremely accessible and friendly to the casual student. I appreciate how it was broken up into smaller pieces and that each case was analyzed by the professor. The content was broad in scope, but it still managed to retain enough detail to carry home the legal principles. I really enjoyed this!

By Tenisha Y

Apr 16, 2019

This course is informative,indepth, exciting and interesting. Dr. Ian Ayers plays a pivotal role as law professor. I am honored to have taken this eye-opening course and I look forward to taking American Law Part II. One of my favorite parts of this class was providing research for the cases. T. Younger

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By mark w

Apr 27, 2019

Professor Ayres is engaging and detailed about the nuances and formation of the multiple contracts and cases studied. He is thorough and showed the multifaceted applications of interpretation due to time or perspective, as well as the concrete and sometimes not so obvious foundations of those contracts.

By Brian B

Jul 19, 2020

This is my second course taught by Professor Ayers. He is engaging, knowledgeable and is able to break down the most difficult court decisions so students can better grasp the reasoning and logic utilized therein. I look forward to learning more in American Contract Law II and beyond.

By reza p

Oct 1, 2021

I am very happy to have had the opportunity to benefit from Dr. Ayres' information. He is a very attractive educator so that even if one is not interested in legal issues, one can not resist Dr. Iris' training. Many thanks to Dr. Ian Ayres and Coursera as well as Yale University.

By Angela B

Jan 11, 2022

This course is very challenging. Anyone that thinks Coursera is a breeze hasn't taken this course. I have learned so much about contract law that has helped me in my work as a human resources professional. I now look at contracts differently and think twice before acting.

By C B

Nov 4, 2022

I learned a lot about the basics of contract law. The instructor communicates the ideas well and with clarity. There was a few incongruities in the course where the cases mentioned in the videos hadn't come up yet and confused me but otherwise was planned well.

By 高伟明

May 21, 2022

It is a nice lesson. I learned the different idea of contract law ,compared with chinese contract law, I am a twenty-years-practice lawyer in china. l leaned lots of new idea to consider problem , new method to deal with problems. thank you very much!

By Santiago C G

Jul 7, 2020

I was very pleased to take this course. The introduction to American Contract Law has been of great utility in my everyday profession and I can only aspire to continue learning of a different legal system than the one employed in my country.

By Ron R

Mar 25, 2020

This was a lot more than I expected! It was a serious and heavy introduction to contract law that is not shy to go deep into each case. I feel there was a lot more substance to this course than the advertised "beginner" label. Thank you!

By Harsh S

May 28, 2023

Excellent study material which really takes you through the minor nuances on Contracting part. Worth the time spent and experience gained. Videos are very clear and informative on the minor differences between diffent Court decisions.


May 7, 2020

This is a great opportunity to understand the basics of contracts under the U.S. legal system. This is a very helpful course to enhance the students vision on contracts, even for Lawyers foreigners to the Common Law such as myself.

By Matthew W

Jul 15, 2020

This course was excellent, it was exactly hat I needed training for at my current job. I work as a civilian, government contractor and it met every little mark, to meet my needs in understanding contracting more efficiently.

By Santiago M F d V

Oct 13, 2020

Es un excelente curso en el que no solo llegas a conocer los elementos básicos de Contract Law, sino también, los casos precedentes que fungen como pilares y que a lo largo del tiempo han moldeado el derecho americano.

By Louis K

May 29, 2020

Remarkable introduction to contract law, which also gives useful insights into the general philosophy of American law, as compared to other legal systems, with a strong focus on the law and economics approach.

By Veronica M

Nov 4, 2020

If you are a civil law based lawyer, you need to take this course. It is so entertaining and useful to understand the US way of ruling and judging their contractual issues. I'll be going for part II asap.

By Cheng X

Mar 24, 2019

Interesting course and I learned a lot of contract law. However I do wish if there is basic structure on contract law before the cases so that students can map out a path to learn.

Thank you very much Ary.

By Joseph P W

Jan 27, 2020

This was a great course. I truly enjoyed it. The subject matter was presented in a way that was easy to grasp but also forced the learner to consider each case in its entirety and the outcomes thereof.

By Jennifer A G P

Aug 3, 2020

Un curso muy dinámico y enriquecedor, que permite comprender las instituciones básicas para la formación de un contrato y relaciones distintas de acuerdo al razonamiento jurídico norteamericano.

By Adam H

May 3, 2019

This course is an interesting, entertaining, and informative introduction to the prerequisites to contracting. I really enjoyed it and look forward to building on the foundation it provides.

By Peter E

Dec 10, 2019

An outstanding introduction with a very engaging instructor! This course made me think, and it made me come to terms with the legal underpinning of contract law. Completely worth my time.

By Kirk F

Mar 14, 2023

Great course and professor. Lots of contract experience but great to get a better understanding

of foundation and nuance affecting contract structure! Great add on to a Yale MBA

By Everson A A

Jul 11, 2022

Simply incredible, especially for me who am Brazilian and our laws are based on the Romano-Germanic code.

I'm very satisfied. Thank you all and see you at American Contract Law II.