Instructor(s) Aiken, Jeffrey
The course deals with the various aspects of construction law, drawing upon a student’s existing knowledge of contract and tort law and expanding into the wide array of construction specific issues --such as project delivery systems, risk allocation principles, contract forms, insurance coverages, liens, surety bonds, owner and contractor claims and dispute resolution processes. The sessions will be taught in a discussion and practical exercise format, focusing on pre-assigned reading materials. There will be a final short answer essay or multiple-choice exam. Over one-third of U.S. economic output is related to the construction industry which produces a large volume of disputes subject to resolution through ADR or judicial proceedings, requiring not only a working knowledge of contract, tort, insurance and oftentimes surety law but also industry standard project delivery systems and practices. This course will meet once per week for two hours focusing on the broad range of unique construction law issues from contracting and risk allocation principles to claims resolution, drawing upon a student’s existing knowledge of common law legal and equitable principles after exploring the wide range of project delivery systems, procurement and construction activities.
The sessions will be taught in a class discussion and practical exercise format, focusing on pre-assigned reading materials requiring approximately 50 pages of review for each session.