Course Description

Basic concepts of contract law and practical drafting skills used by paralegals are emphasized. Topics include contract formation, unenforceable contracts, performance and breach of the contract, parties' remedies for breach, and third-party interests. Participants are exposed to real contract clauses in various settings, and are required to draft clauses based on hypothetical scenarios. Students tackle real-life contractual disputes and the instructor guides students to formulate appropriate resolutions.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the steps of contract formation
  • Draft an offer to enter into a contract
  • Draft an acceptance of an offer
  • Identify when a contract has to be reduced to writing
  • Identify the remedies for breach of contract
  • Apply the rules of contract interpretation    
  • Identify conditions to performance
  • Draft contract conditions
  • Draft clauses that provide for the contingencies of unexpected events
  • Draft clauses that create third party interests
  • Create effective assignments of contract rights


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program director


Certification Disclosure: In California an individual may qualify to hold one’s self out as a paralegal in one of several ways including earning a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. (Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code §6450(c)(1).) The Paralegal Professional Certificate program offered by UCSB PaCe satisfies the requirements of California law in this regard.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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