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Spring 2023 Reading Group

Contractual Interpretation

Prerequisite: JD: Contracts or permission to waive from the instructor. LLM: No prerequisite.

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group explores the problem of contractual interpretation, that is, the set of doctrines and techniques used by judges and lawyers to discover the content and scope of contractual rights and obligations. We will cover different methods of contractual interpretation, the relationship between standards of contractual interpretation and theories of the nature of contract, and broader questions about the relationship between language and legal obligations and rights. Readings will include classic and contemporary contract theory, caselaw, and comparative law materials.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/24, 2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11.