Construction Law is a vibrant area of law involving a wide range of professionals. The LLM/Postgraduate Diploma programme has been designed to enable lawyers and construction industry professionals to develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of the essential aspects of Construction Law. To facilitate attendance by those in employment, classes are presented during the week in the early evening, with occasional Saturday sessions. Furthermore, the course is under development and may provide a distance learning facility for the 2010/2011 academic year.
The programme requires the completion of four modules. Taking one module per semester will allow you to complete the programme over two years, two modules per semester will allow completion in one year. The academic year operates on a two-semester basis: October to January, and January to June.
Candidates from the construction industry (without a formal legal qualification) study the module Legal Process and the Law of Contract and Other Obligations. Those with a legal qualification study The Context of Construction. Both groups also study The Law of the Construction Industry, and The Law and Practice of Construction Management – Construction Procurement.
Students also select one module from the following:
- Dispute Resolution
- Private Finance Initiative (availability subject to demand), or one module from another LLM course
By taking the Dispute Resolution module as part of the LLM course, students gain exemption from the associate and member examinations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Candidates are assessed on their performance in the prescribed course work, in the written exams and, for those seeking award of the LLM, the dissertation (15–20,000 words).
LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time.
PgDip: nine months full-time; 21 months part-time.
A first degree or other qualification equivalent to a first- or second-class Honours degree, or relevant professional qualifications.
A diverse range of students – working in the UK and overseas – benefit from the expert knowledge they gain by completing the Construction Law qualification. The course is renowned for offering enhanced career prospects and excellent networking opportunities.