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Contract Law: A Beginner's Guide

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

When a contract deals with a commercial transaction, researchers may be required to perform research regarding the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).  The UCC is a collection of proposed model laws, drafted by the American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, that are meant to serve as a guide for state legislatures when they draft statutes regarding commercial contracts and other dealings.  Below, please find selected resources regarding the UCC.

Although many states have codified the bulk of the sections proposed in the UCC, it is important for researchers to make sure that the sections of the UCC in which they are most interested are a part of their respective state’s statutes.  To do so, we suggest using the table in the Uniform Laws Annotated (see catalog link, above) to see which UCC sections have been adopted by your state, and if so, where they can be found in your state’s statutes.  Once you have a state statute citation from the Uniform Laws Annotated, be sure to use the Law Library of Congress’s Guide to Law Online to double check it. To find your state’s statutes, select your state from the Guide to Law Online page, and scroll down to the “Legislative” heading.