Basic Primer on Contracts

Course Code: BPC101
Semester: Summer Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Start Date: 2022/5/28 End Date: 2022/7/30 Elective certificate: Legal Assistant Studies Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom. Location: Online, Tokyo

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Course Description

This class is an introduction to the study of contracts under the common law. The class will examine basic rules in contract law, with cases to illustrate these rules and show how they operate. The different parts of typical contracts will be examined to show why particular provisions are often included in contracts. We will look at what makes a contract valid or invalid, and what parties should include in a contract to achieve a desired result. In addition the following topics will be examined: -Confidentiality clauses, -Assignment and delegation, -Damages, -Promissory estoppel, -Representations and warranties, indemnities, -Various ways in which contracts can come to an end.

Learning Objectives

1. Basic rules in contract law.
2. Why particular provisions are often included in contracts.
3. What makes a contract valid or invalid.

Who should take this course

Lawyers, legal department employees, paralegals and translations


No required textbook (Handouts)


Christopher Rathbone

Instructor Biography

Christopher Rathbone currently works on international transactions with a large Japanese law firm in Tokyo, in addition to being an adjunct professor of Temple University of Japan Law School. He has worked as a legal translator since 2000 and taught classes and provided seminars on legal translation and legal writing for Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and US universities, as well as the Tokyo offices of many top US law firms. Mr. Rathbone graduated with honors from the University of Saskatchewan, earned a JD from the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan and an LL.M. from Hokkaido University as a Monbusho Scholar. He is admitted as an attorney in Massachusetts.