Construction law, as one might expect, is concerned with all matters of litigation pertaining to the construction industry. The sheer variety of considerations that need to be taken into account during the process of carrying a project from planning to completion means that construction lawyers need to be literate in many aspects of the general field, and as such it is probably best to consider construction law as a combination of contract law, commercial law, planning law, employment law, and tort. It is vital in keeping construction as a safe and fair industry through ensuring that best practice is followed at all times.
Studying for an LLM in construction law is a great way to cement your speciality whilst building on the foundations laid out during your undergraduate study. It's also a great way to open the doors to potential career opportunities that those lacking a specialised qualification like the LLM in construction law are unable to access.Find LLM programs in Construction Law
There are a few LLM programs that deal specifically with Construction Law – however it is also often offered as a specialist module in a general Master of Laws program. However if you want to study an LLM program in Construction Law specifically – there are some options in the UK, including distance learning ones which you can study from anywhere. Modules studied on these specialist programs generally include construction management, arbitration, construction technology and construction law as well as other options.
The University of Strathclyde offers a one-year full time or two year part-time LLM in Construction Law which provides extensive training and insights for lawyers and construction professionals who want to develop their knowledge of construction law for practical application. Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, meanwhile, offers a flexible distance learning course, where all study is undertaken online making it ideal for those looking to keep working whilst studying. In this Master of Laws program there are three available routes – arbitration, adjudication, and a combination of the two – that can be taken, with all three ultimately ending in the awarding of an LLM/MSc in the appropriate discipline. King's College London offers the UK’s longest-running MSc in construction law, this is typically taught part-time (September to September) over two years through a series of intensive three-day sessions, five core modules are covered: introduction to law, construction technology for lawyers, construction law I/II, and arbitration and dispute resolution.
Naturally, entry requirements will vary from institution to institution. A sensible assumption is that many places will require an upper second class honours (2:1) degree in a relevant subject. Some universities, such as Salford above, loosen this to a 2:2, and others still will accept an unrelated undergraduate degree provided that you have relevant work experience to prove that you have some background in law. Before submitting any applications you should consult the guidelines laid out by the relevant institution so as to avoid the disappointment of an avoidable rejection. Entry requirements vary even further for those applying from outside the UK with regards to English language proficiency and equivalent qualifications earned in a different country.
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