Civil and Construction Engineering

Construction Contracts and Law

Construction Contracts and Law
Contractual obligations defined, including agency, contract interpretation, performance and liability issues, breach and termination, judicial remedy, and arbitration as applied to the construction industry. Overview of municipal zoning ordinances and codes.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesWRTG 316
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining CFM 485
Course Outcomes: 

Legal System

Describe the importance of legal systems and processes in the United States and their impact on the construction industry.


Explain differences between statutory and common law.

Legal Pitfalls

Identify common legal pitfalls of the construction industry and explain how to avoid them.


Explain how local municipalities are organized and demonstrate how they regulate development and construction activities through codes and ordinances.


Interpret contract language and identify the responsibilities of contracting parties.

Legal Issues

Consider legal issues in construction and the explain the effects on construction contracts.


Analyze legal construction cases and explain how the decisions apply to current construction practice.