Higher Education

Introduction to the Law of Contracts, 4th Edition

  • Martin A. Frey Professor Emeritus at The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • ISBN-10: 1401864716  |  ISBN-13: 9781401864712
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1993, 1988
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $205.75



An Introduction to the Law of Contracts is now out in the 4th edition. It is still carefully organized around a comprehensive road map that takes the reader through the 6 steps of contract law, but the new edition includes added benefits. There are updated cases and examples, and each chapter ends with review questions to help reinforce the theories addressed in each chapter. The chapters also end with a checklist that helps to highlight the key concepts for the reader. The first of 6 steps investigates what body of law applies to the transaction. The next step addresses the formation of a contract, offer and acceptance. Step 3 develops limitations on the parties freedom to contract, and concepts such as infancy, illegality, duress, and unconscionability are explored. The next step looks at the plaintiff’s allegation of the defendant’s breach. Step 5 organizes the defendant’s responses to the plaintiff’s allegation of breach, categorizing it into one of two basic types that is then further explored. The final step develops the plaintiff’s remedies for the defendant’s breach of contract. Paralegal students and professionals alike will benefit from this thorough and highly readable book that is completely current and has a focus on retention.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes Selected Cases- These cases help illustrate how courts apply the rules to a set of facts.
  • Easy to Read- Designed for beginning paralegal students and allows for full comprehension.
  • End-of-Chapter Checklists- Each chapter includes a checklist that highlights the key concepts.
  • End-of-Chapter Review Questions- Students can test their comprehension of key concepts in each chapter and receive immediate feedback.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Determining the Rules Governing the Dispute
Chapter 2: The Offer Phase
Chapter 3: The Post-Offer/Pre-Acceptance Phase
Chapter 4: The Acceptance Phase
Chapter 5: The Post-Acceptance Phase
Chapter 6: Drafting a Contract
Chapter 7: Contract Enforceability: Protecting Members of a Class
Chapter 8: Contract Enforceability: Protecting a Party Against Overreaching
Chapter 9: Contract Enforceability: Protecting the Judicial Process
Chapter 10: The Plaintiff's Allegation of the Defendant's Breach
Chapter 11: The Defendant's No Breach-Compliance Response to the Plaintiff's Allegation of Breach
Chapter 12: The Defendant's No Breach - Excuse Response to the Plaintiff's Allegation of Breach
Chapter 13: The Defendant's No Breach - Justification Response to the Plaintiff's Allegation of Breach
Chapter 14: The Defendant's No Breach - Terminated Duty Response to the Plaintiff's Allegation of Breach
Chapter 15: The Plaintiff's Common Law Remedies
Chapter 16: The Plaintiff's Remedies under Article 2 of the UCC
Chapter 17: Third-Party Interests

What's New

  • Includes a Contracts Paradigm - A clear roadmap for organizing a breach of contract cause of action.
  • Theory/Example/Exercise- The discussion is on three levels, theory followed by examples followed by a paralegal exercise to test the student's understanding of each theory.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401864732 | ISBN-13: 9781401864736)

Delmar's Paralegal Comprehensive Test Bank 2007  (ISBN-10: 1428360522 | ISBN-13: 9781428360525)

This ExamView computerized testbank covers the following Delmar, Cengage Learning titles: Frey- Intro to Law of Contracts 4E

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Martin A. Frey

Martin A. Frey, BSME, JD, LLM,is a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Senior Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern Districts of Oklahoma, and was the Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He was a professor at Drake and Texas Tech Universities and a visiting professor at the University of Maine, Washington University (St. Louis), the University of Alabama, Wake Forest University, Stetson University, and Florida International University. When teaching, Professor Frey served on a number of site visitation teams for the Section on Accreditation and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association. Professor Frey currently volunteers with the Financial Crimes Unit of the Tulsa Police Department. He is the author or co-author of "The Little Black Book, A Do-It Yourself Guide for Law School Competitions" (Carolina Academic Press, 2002); "Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution" (Delmar Learning Thomson, 2003); "Introduction to the Law of Contracts, 4th Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008); "Introduction to Bankruptcy Law, 6th Edition (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013); and "Essentials of Contract Law," 2nd Edition (Cengage Learning, 2015).