Construction Law (2450)

As one of the largest sectors of the United States economy, the construction industry generates a significant amount of legal work. This course will survey the legal issues that arise in typical commercial construction projects. Some of these issues are unique to the construction industry, but many of them are present in other types of long-term commercial relationships. Accordingly, the ways of thinking about issues in construction law are frequently transferable to other settings, such as joint ventures, franchises, and leases. Students will learn the typical division of responsibilities among participants in the construction process (i.e., design professionals, owners, contractors, and subcontractors/suppliers). The course will then consider the variety of project delivery systems that are currently in use (design-bid-build, design-build, engineer-procure-construct, etc.) and the ways each allocates risks associated with delay, increased cost, and construction quality. Students will review standard form construction agreements, draft proposed modifications to those form agreements, and engage in a mock dispute resolution proceeding. 

Course Details

  • Credits: 3