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Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees, which were introduced in 2013, with course codes: 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N, 63O and 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.


Building on preliminary examination of the law of private obligations introduced in LAW252 Foundations of Private Law, the Law of Contract develops an understanding of the law of contract and the enforceability of contractual obligations in the contemporary contexts of Australian and international commercial relations. The unit deals with the common law and statutory principles of contract law including the core elements of enforceability, content and interpretation of contracts, breach and its consequences. Practical skills include legal problem solving, legal reasoning and basic legal drafting.

Summary 2020

Unit name Contract Law
Unit code LAW251
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Martin Clark

Teaching staff

Martin Clark

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the nature of contract  law and contractual obligations and contract case law and legislation. Also understanding  the context of the evolution of contract law globally, theoretical challenges, values  underlying contract law and dynamic changes in contract law.
  2. Characterise the different areas of contract law and apply to the varied  areas of operation of contracts; apply principles of contract law to hypothetical factual  scenarios to assess how parties, lawyers or judges may resolve issues on those facts; analyse critically case law and legislation in different areas of contract law; develop problem‐solving abilities, decision‐making and judgement; ability to search and annotate case‐law and history; and, continue to develop collaboration skills.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills (both written and oral) and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.





Teaching Pattern

3 x 50-min lectures weekly, 50-min tutorial weekly


2hr examination (50%), library exercise (5%), contract interpretation and drafting exercise (30%), tutorial participation (5%), tutorial assessment (10%)

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