Carving Up Contracts

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    Wow, that’s quite a list. The single most interesting thing I recall learning about in my 1-semester contracts class was what we called “Section 90 reliance,” a/k/a promissory estoppel. That and the two ships Peerless, which was great just for the humor value. And the Arthur Miller Dance Studios case. OK, I remember a lot of different things, but promissory estoppel was right up there.

    Also I believe third-party beneficiaries came up my year on the bar exam, but I guess that’s what bar review is for.

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    Errrm, I meant Arthur *Murray* Dance Studios. Although Arthur Miller Dance Studios would be an interesting idea…

  3. Nate Oman says:

    The section 90 obsession is SOOOO 1978. Contract is not dead — it is devouring torts and other fields.

  4. Anderson says:

    Ole Miss still does con law, torts and contracts in a full year. Civ Pro is a year but for some reason is split between 1L and 2L.

    Of course, the provinces are slowest to catch up …

  5. Dave Hoffman says:

    Bruce: Rest assured. Dancing and peerless are still in the course. And I believe that Arthur Miller, who taught me civ pro in the year long format, does an excellent tango. Kidding. But he sure could teach!

    Nate: I’m with you. Which is why PE is down to two days. The highlight is Hoffman v. Red Owl, for obvious reasons.

    Anderson: I wonder if keeping the longer subjects is a feature of state-sponsored law schools, who (might) feel some responsibility for teaching state-specific common law in the first-year.