So lets discuss contracts once again shall we? All this case law is getting stale. (Oh and sorry I missed the socrates question, I looked at it when I woke up at six or seven then fell asleep again and missed my chance to look smart :( ). Okay, so what I'll do here is give a scenario from atextbook I used to use when I taught a basic law class and then there'll be a question or two about it. Okay, here goes!
Joanna is offered a position as librarian for the school district of Langford. She recieved a written offer of employment on the first of the month with the stipulation that the offer would expire on the fifteenth of the same month. If Joanna were to accept the offer, she would have to sign the enclosed contract and return it to the school superintendent before the offer expired on the fifteenth.
Upon reading the contract, Joanna felt the slaray identified was too low and adjusted it upwards by $5,000, initialing her change on the copy. She then signed and returned the contract indicating she would be pleased to accept the offer as detailed on the contract. The contract arrived on the fourteenth of the month, at which time the superintendent called to express his regret at her rejection of the employment offer. During the phone conversation, Joanna realized the superintendent would not accept the revised salary and verballyaccepted the position at the original salary. The superintendent declined her acceptance, stating the original offer no longer existed.
1. Does the school have the legal right to withdraw the offer? Why or why not.
2. Suppose Joanna accepted the original contract as offered (she never revised the contract), but did not mail her acceptance till the fourteenth, her acceptance arriving at the school on the sixteenth, one day after the expiration date. Can the school withdraw the offer? Why or why not?