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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW4004H: The Law of Contract

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 10
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Mrs Tia Matt ()





Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to one of the seven legal foundations of knowledge required by the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) in England and Wales. Throughout the term, you will examine, in detail, the main elements of the law of contract in England and Wales. Special attention will be paid to: the characteristics of contract; the nature, purposes and approaches of contract law; the nature and requirements of contractual agreement, consideration and other requirements for the enforceability of agreements; terms and interpretation of contracts; vitiating factors; and remedies. Contract law, taken together with the laws of tort and unjust enrichment, constitute the ‘law of obligations’. Contract law plays an important part of everyday life for individuals, businesses and even public agencies. Knowledge and understanding of contract law is imperative in a variety of practical dispute resolution and problem-solving contexts. The emphasis of the module is, therefore, on applying the rules, principles and concepts of contract law to real-life cases with practical consequences and to contextualise the law in relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural settings.

You need to complete this module before progressing to the Exeter-based part of the HKUST-Exeter programme LLB in Engineering and Law.  

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