Contract Law Courses
Contract law is all around us. Every time we go to the shop, dine at a restaurant or go to work we are governed by contracts. Some are written and some aren’t. Because of its impact in pretty much everything we do it’s obviously a great idea to take a course in it.
That’s not just for legal jobs too; because contract law has an impact in pretty much everything it’s hard to think of a professional career in which it wouldn’t be of use. Managers and individuals involved in any kind of buying or selling will especially benefit from a course in contract law.
It will help reduce risk and allow individuals to spot major problems before they arise. This can save lots of money in the long term.
The education can also be used to further career prospects for those looking to move upwards. For example a specialist contract course could be particularly useful to a paralegal who works in a commercial law firm and wants a more senior role.
What will be studied?
Contract law courses will usually start off with the basics – the formation of a contract. A contract needs 3 things – offer + acceptance with consideration. These 3 elements will be looked at in detail. Once these foundations are understood and you know exactly what makes a binding contract, actual contract terms will be looked at. This will cover exclusion clauses and unfair contract terms.
Certain Acts such as The Sale of Goods Act 1979 will also be examined along with recent European legislation. Finally what happens when something goes wrong in a contract will be examined. This involves remedies for breech and situations in which a contract can lawfully be rescinded.
However all courses will differ. Some may be more commercially focused, others may spend lots of time on employment contracts. There may also be courses which involve specific contract negotiation and drafting which are more suited to current solicitors and barristers.
These sort of courses are certainly more specialist. There are numerous courses available all of differing levels. Some may be done over a day, others over weeks. The above course structure would be relevant on a basic contract law course.
Methods of study
There are numerous ways you can study the course. It all depends on which institution you’re taking the course at. There are online courses where you can learn the required material in the comfort of your own home, there is in house training, and training based at the providers location. Obviously all of these types of study will have differing learning methods.
If you’re going to be trained face to face then make sure the course teacher has the required qualifications. Courses accredited by a professional organisation like ILEX are also certain to be of a high quality. Thorough research should be conducted before taking a course with a certain provider. Make sure they seem professional and reliable. The safest choice would of course be taking a university or college based course, however that can be time consuming.
A course which is taught by a solicitor or barrister is another safe option.
Who offers the training?
The following institutions offer the training. However this is not an exhaustive list and the courses are not necessarily endorsed by us.
- Reed Learning
- Course Plus
- Institution of Engineering and Technology