The court issued an injunction to prohibit the city

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The court issued an injunction to prohibit the city from conducting the 61st Police Academy unless the plaintiffs were included. The October 15 letter was a unilateral offer that the plaintiffs had accepted by passing the required medical and psychological examinations—”a classic example of an offer to enter into a unilateral contract. The October 15 letter expressly stated that it was a ‘conditional offer of
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194           INSTRUCTOR’S MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY  BUSINESS LAW,  ELEVENTH EDITION employment’ and the message that it conveyed was that the recipient would be admitted into the 61st Academy if he or she successfully completed the medical and psychological examinations, requirements that the City could not lawfully impose unless it was making a conditional offer of employment. .  .  . The  plaintiffs   accepted  the  City’s  offer  of admission  into   the  Academy   by satisfying  the   specified conditions.” .................................................................................................................................................. Notes and Questions As part of the application process, the applicants had been sent a booklet, and had been asked to acknowledge  in their applications,  that they  understood  successful   completion of each step in the evaluation process did not necessarily guarantee acceptance into the Academy. The city pointed this out to the court.  What was the court’s response?  The city’s argument that “the plaintiffs did not even have a contractual right to be admitted into the Academy because .  .  . they acknowledged understanding” that acceptance was not guaranteed “overlooks the fact that the October 15 letter was more than a mere notification that the plaintiffs had successfully completed another step in the evaluation process. As already noted, it was a conditional offer of admission to the 61st Academy, which the plaintiffs accepted by performing the specified conditions.” Why didn’t the court simply deny relief to the plaintiffs on the ground that the selection process had been revised? This result would have required the court to deny the enforcement of the parties’ contract, which would have undercut the parties’ reasonable expectations. Without a legal framework of reasonably assured expectations within which to plan and act, one person would not be able to rely on the good faith of another. This inability would inhibit entering into contracts generally, which would obstruct, or even stifle, the smooth operation of our market economy.
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