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Legal & Law Programs ►Contract Specialist Certificate Program with Externship


Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity



The Contract Specialist

Contract law serves to define the various ways in which different entities enter into an agreement. The function of contracts in a free enterprise economy extend from legal theories that have developed over centuries and covers the evolution and application of common law doctrines and contract process including mutual assent, consideration, reliance, conditions, interpretation of contract language, performance and breach, and remedies. As one of the most prevalent areas of law, contract theory affects all aspects of everyday life from the most simple to the most complex of agreements.


The Contract SpecialistProgram

From basic consideration principles of common law through the more detailed and intuitive conclusions of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), this program will examine the elements of a valid contract and the process for agreement as well as the different remedies available for breach of contract. For those students looking toward law school or who are interested in the paralegal profession, this program offers an incredibly useful and realistic look into the actual work that lawyers and legal professionals do every day. This program provides students with a general overview and understanding of the elements of a contractual relationship/agreement, the applicable laws related to contract negotiations and terms, and the remedies available if the agreement is breached.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Write a generic contract
  • Explain the contract agreement process
  • Describe fraud as it relates to contracts
  • Examine the remedies for breach of contract
  • Determine damages available for breach of contract
  • Examine the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
  • Distinguish between a UCC and common law contract
  • Write a generic warranty form
  • Examine legal issues with contracts
  • Describe special contract forms
  • Determine appropriate responses to ethical issues related to contract law
  • Use Microsoft Office

OVERVIEW OF CONTRACT LAW

  • Describe the elements of a contract
  • Describe the types of contracts

FORMATION OF CONTRACTS

  • Describe the elements of a contract
  • Define terms related to the formation of a contract
  • Describe the process for reaching agreement on the terms of a contract
  • Write a generic contract

ASSENT AND CONSIDERATION

  • Describe the elements of a contract
  • Describe the types of contracts

PARTIES AFFECTED BY THE CONTRACT

  • Describe the elements of a contract
  • Define contractual capacity
  • Describe assignable contract rights
  • Determine appropriate responses to hypothetical situations related to contract law

FRAUD

  • Describe the differences between a legal and illegal contract
  • Define fraud
  • Define duress
  • Define undue influence

CONTRACTS IN WRITING

  • Identify the types of contracts that must be in writing under the Statute of Frauds
  • Describe the elements of a contract
  • Describe ethical standards in contract law

THIRD-PARTIES AND CONTRACTS

  • Describe assignable contract rights
  • Determine appropriate responses to hypothetical situations related to contract law

REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT

  • Explain when discharge of a contract incurs liability
  • Explain material and minor breach of contract
  • Describe monetary damages
  • Describe equitable remedies

CONTRACTS IN AN E-WORLD

  • Describe how to formulate a contract electronically
  • Describe remedies for breach of contract relating to the internet or electronic technology

THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE

  • Describe how the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs sales contracts
  • Describe how the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs lease contracts
  • Examine issues on which the common law overrides the UCC
  • Produce a UCC contract template
  • Prepare instructions for using a UCC contract template
  • Produce a common law contract template
  • Prepare instructions for using a common law contract template

PERFORMANCE OF UCC CONTRACTS

  • Describe the types of contracts
  • Define passage of title
  • Determine the party that bears risk of loss under various contract situations

REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF UCC CONTRACTS

  • Describe remedies for breach of a sales contract
  • Describe how the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs sales contracts
  • Determine whether a breach of contract occurs in a hypothetical situation
  • Determine appropriate damages for hypothetical situations in which breach of contract has occurred

WARRANTIES UNDER THE UCC

  • Describe express warranties
  • Describe implied warranties
  • Describe legal warranty disclaimers
  • Write a generic warranty form
  • Prepare instructions for using the warranty form

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TORTS AND CONTRACTS

  • Relate tort law doctrine to breach of contract
  • Describe remedies for breach of sales contract
  • Research a contract problem
  • Categorize problems in a contract case
  • Prepare a checklist for a memorandum of law
  • Write a memorandum of law for a contract issue

SPECIAL FORMS

  • Describe negotiable instruments
  • Describe agency contracts
  • Describe labor contracts
  • Explain actions that can be taken when using negotiable instruments
  • Describe the effect of bankruptcy on collective bargaining agreements

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.