Basic and advanced contract law courses are typically part of the required curriculum of first-year law students in North Carolina. Some law schools offer additional electives in different types of contract law. Since there are not many law schools in North Carolina, the range and amount of contract law courses is not very great. The following list includes the six public and private, not-for-profit law schools that offer contract law courses.
This Raleigh university's law curriculum contains two required courses in contract law in the first and second semesters. The courses are taken along with courses in civil procedure, torts, constitutional law, professional skills and property law. There is also a contract planning elective course that can be used to fulfill the planning requirement.
Law students at Duke University in Durham take contract law in their first year of studies, along with a variety of related courses, such as property law, tort law and civil procedure. The contract law course explores contract law in relation to commercial law, its historical development and the influence of contracts on third parties. There is also an upper-level course in contract drafting.
First-year law students at Elon University in Greensboro take two semesters each of courses in civil procedure, property, torts and contracts. They also take classes in legal methods and communication, legal writing and research, and criminal law. The contracts courses cover issues relating to contract rights and duties, such as mutual assent, capacity to contract, enforceability and contract defenses. Elective courses, which can be taken during the second and third years, include a clinic on drafting wills and trusts.
North Carolina Central University
According to The National Jurist, the law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham is one of the most diverse in the country, with over half if its students and faculty members representing minorities in 2009. The first-year contracts courses address contract formation and interpretation. Specific topics covered in these courses include the Statute of Frauds, implied obligations, undue influence, misrepresentation, impracticality, frustration of purpose and the parole evidence rule. Other first-year courses include legal reasoning and analysis, legal research and persuasion, critical thinking and property law.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The contracts course at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill introduces first-year students to contract law, addressing issues such as contract formation, enforceability, effects of unforeseen circumstances and rights of third parties. Courses in civil procedure, properties and torts are also required for first-year students. The school also offers a course in U.S. common law, which is part of the law school's master's degree curriculum. This course focuses on comparing tort and contract law in the U.S. to other countries.
Wake Forest University
First-year students at this Winston Salem law school take two required courses in contract law. Participants learn about the formation and operation of contracts, discharge of duties and remedies for breach of contract. Other first-year courses include legal research and writing, constitutional law, civil procedure, torts and property. The university also offers an advanced course in contracts and commercial transactions. This elective course, which satisfies the practical skills requirement, focuses on employment agreements, lending and security agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements and other common types of commercial contracts.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Law Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Campbell University||4-year, private non-profit; fringe town||Juris Doctor||$12,701 tuition, $682 fees|
|Duke University||4-year, private non-profit; midsize city||Juris Doctor||$53,540 tuition, $1,172 fees|
|Elon University||4-year, private non-profit; midsize suburb||Juris Doctor||$13,482|
|North Carolina Central University||4-year, public; midsize city||Juris Doctor||$4,740 in-state tuition, $2,736 in-state fees, $17,964 out-of-state tuition, $2,736 out-of-state fees|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, public; small city||Juris Doctor; Master of Laws||$10,243 in-state tuition, $1,969 in-state fees, $27,454 out-of-state tuition, $1,969 out-of-state fees|
|Wake Forest University||4-year, private non-profit; midsize city||Juris Doctor||$38,650 tuition, $526 fees|
Source: *NCES College Navigator