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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Jun 26, 2023 to Sep 16, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course fee credit (3 units) $515.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Students are required to purchase the following textbook(s) prior to the first class meeting:

Basic Contract Law for Paralegals
Author(s): Helewitz, Jeffrey A.
Edition: 10th, 2022
Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN-978-1-5438-3953-1 (print)

ISBN-978-1-5438-3954-8 (ebook)

Please order textbooks from the bookseller of your choice. Be sure to order the correct ISBN and textbook edition.



No refunds after 7/9/23

A minimum $40 non-refundable administrative fee per course is charged for all drops. See the full Drop Policy here.