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
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining CFM 385
Course Outcomes

Respect for the Legal System

Understand and gain respect for legal systems in the United States.

Differences in Law

Recognize differences between statutory and common law.

Legal Pitfalls

Recognize, in advance, common legal pitfalls of the construction industry and become familiar with how to avoid them.


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


Become familiar with construction contracts and responsibilities of contracting parties.

Construction Law

Identify legal issues in construction based on common law and statutory law and understand construction contractions.


Assessment of these learning outcomes is completed by having students read selected materials, including cases and texts; by having students attend courtroom proceedings and municipal meetings; by having students complete several research papers; and by having students evaluated throughout the semester with quizzes and exams.