Contract Law for Accountants


This course will be an overview of

  • How contracts can be defined as agreements that are enforceable in a court of law
  • The elements necessary for there to be an enforceable contract: agreement, consideration, legal capacity, and legality
  • Available defenses that may result in the contract not being enforced, if a contract exists
  • The rules of interpretation that courts use in enforcing the requirements of a contract, if a contract exists
  • How a contract must be performed, discharged, or breached (not performed), if a contract exists
  • The legal and equitable remedies available to address a breach of contract

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the sources of contract law.
  • Define the elements of a contract.
  • Recognize the defenses to contracts.
  • Name the types of contracts.
  • Apply the rules for interpreting contracts.
  • Identify the remedies for breach of contract.
Instructor Peter Olinto

Instructor bio

Known as one of Becker Professional Education’s most dynamic instructors, Peter Olinto serves as a National Lead Instructor for Becker Professional Education. Following his graduation Magna Cum Laude from Pace University in 1990, Olinto completed Becker’s CPA Exam Review — his initial connection with the company—and passed all four-parts of the CPA Exam on the first attempt. He then worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1995.  After gaining experience as a tax attorney for Ernst and Young, Olinto spent almost ten years teaching law, accounting, financial statement analysis, and tax at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Fordham’s business school. He began his career at Becker in 1998 and takes an active role not only as a faculty member, but also in the development and marketing of new course and product offerings.

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