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When a Contract Needs to Be in Writing

Lecture no. 9 from the course: Law School for Everyone: Contracts

When a Contract Needs to Be in Writing

Taught by Professor David Horton | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

The relationship between contract and writing is much more complex than you might think. First, look at the statute of frauds: a 1677 rule nullifying certain kinds of agreements if they’re not in writing. Then, examine the powerful doctrine of the parol evidence rule, which privileges the contractual text over what the parties might have intended.