Research guides

Restatement of Contracts


"A contract is a promise or a set of promises for the breach of which the law gives a remedy, or the performance of which the law in some way recognizes as a duty." Restatement (Second) of Contracts § 1 (Am. Law Inst. 1981).

Jenkins has access to the Restatement of the Law of Contracts in print, on the library's Westlaw computers, and on the member database HeinOnline. Use this guide to find out more about this Restatement and how to access it.

Series Information

The second series of Contracts was published in 1981. Select case citation sources to the second series of Contracts may include case citations to the first series of the Restatement of Contracts.

The first series of Contracts was published in 1932. Select case citation sources may include case citations with the second series of Contracts.

See the Annotations page of this guide for more information about finding case citations

Research Tip

For more information about the different Restatement series, see the About the Restatements page of this guide.

Superseded Status

For information on superseded status, see the publication page at or contact the American Law Institute.

Parallel Tables

To help researchers navigate between the different Restatement series, ALI includes "parallel tables", found before the index of most Restatement subjects. These tables show corresponding section numbers between two series of Restatements. Some parallel tables may connect section numbers of the final Restatement with one or more earlier drafts. When using these parallel tables to find where an older series (or draft) section is located in a newer series, be sure to check all volumes of the current series - the parallel tables only point to the sections found in that particular volume.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of volume 3 of Restatement (Second) Contracts show corresponding Restatement (Second) Contracts, and Restatement (Second) Contracts Tentative Drafts 1-14 section numbers.

The Parallel Tables found in the back of the volume 3 pocket part of Restatement (Second) Contracts show corresponding Restatement (Second) Contracts and Restatement of Contracts (1932) section numbers.