The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law


Professor Chuck Knapp is a graduate of New York University School of Law, JD (1960), University of Sydney, Rotary Foundation Scholar (1957), and Denison University, B.A. (1956). He came to UC Hastings in 1998 from New York University Law School, where he had been a faculty member since 1964, and was the Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law.

At UC Hastings, Professor Knapp was named the first holder of the Joseph W. Cotchett Distinguished Professorship. Besides his years of service at N.Y.U., he has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of Arizona, Brooklyn Law School, and the University of Copenhagen.

His principal teaching interest is the first-year Contracts course. Along with UC Hastings’ Professor H.G. Prince and Professor Nathan Crystal, he is the co-author of a widely used casebook, Problems in Contract Law, published by Aspen and now in its seventh edition. Professor Knappā€™s other teaching is usually in the commercial law area; at UC Hastings he also teaches an advanced Contracts course and a course in Secured Transactions.

Born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio, Professor Knapp has two daughters, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren, with all of whom he tries to spend at least some time each summer at the family home in the Catskill Mountains, in New York State.



  1. New York University School of Law

    J.D., Law

  2. Denison University

    B.A., Undergraduate Studies


  1. Lifetime Achievement Award 2010

    Awarded for Contracts Teaching at the Sixth International Contracts Conference at UNLV Law School.

  2. Legal Teaching Award 1995

    Awarded by the New York University Law School Alumni Association.

  3. Order of the Coif 1970

    Member of the honor society for United States law school graduates.

Selected Scholarship

  1. Is There a 'Duty to Read'? 2015

    Hastings Law Journal

  2. Cases and Controversies: Some Things to Do with Contracts Cases 2013

    Washington Law Review

  3. Contract Law Walks the Plank: Carnival Cruise Lines v. Shute 2012

    Nevada Law Journal

  4. Blowing the Whistle on Mandatory Arbitration: Unconscionability as a Signaling Device 2009

    San Diego Law Review

  5. Rescuing Reliance: The Perils of Promissory Estoppel 1998

    Hastings Law Journal


  1. Contracts
  2. Contracts II