I'm researching the law of contracts. Where do I start?

Contract law is a constant part of our lives, whether it is signing a lease for a new apartment, obtaining car insurance, taking out a loan, or even something as simple as buying a warranty for a computer.  Despite the overwhelming role it plays in our lives, contract law can be incredibly difficult to understand, leading to questions like these:

  • When is a contract formed?
  • How do I know what the terms of a contract are, and when can I change them?
  • What can I do if I think the other party is not living up to his/her side of the deal?

The Law Library of Congress has published an online research guide providing an overview of contract law resources, including treatises, uniform laws, drafting guides, and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Researchers can visit Contract Law: A Beginner's Guide to start their research.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2023
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