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Master of Laws (LLM) in International Construction Law [subject to validation]

Study International Construction Law from a University Ranked Gold in 2017 TEF awards

Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019). Delivered by tutored distance learning

De Montfort University

The construction industry is by far one of the largest industries worldwide. Day-to-day construction issues are changing and require greater legal understanding. It has become imperative for professionals such as lawyers, architects and engineers in the industry to obtain specialised legal education to deal with increasing legal issues.

For example, even before the project development and contract award phase, legal implications need to be considered together with economic and technical aspects. Understanding the complex legal framework is indispensable when negotiating contracts with participants in a construction project. Thus contractors, engineers and suppliers who were traditionally not involved in legal matters are now expected to deal with contracts drafting, negotiation and implementation.

From the first briefing with the design team until the completion of the construction project, numerous legal aspects must be considered, including design obligations of parties, completion, claims management and dispute resolution. Legal matters become particularly complicated in construction projects when participants are from different countries as the contractual relationships may be subject to differing legal systems.  These are but a few examples of the complexities which professionals will most likely have to manage, hence the need for a specialised programme on international construction law bringing practice and theory together in the international construction industry.

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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which take place on 13th-15th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2020, students study the next four 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2021, students study the final two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of construction law.

See this year's modules.

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

 

Core Module

  • Introduction to Law and Legal Processes

 

Optional Modules

  • Construction Contracts – Operation and Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Sustainability and Environmental Issues
  • Procurement
  • Construction Law Management

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

Both companies based in the UK and those wishing to import into the UK will likely be affected by Brexit. De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

The course is suitable for practising lawyers in the built environment and construction industry professionals, specifically:

 

Legal professionals:

Arbitrators
Solicitors
General Counsel
In-house legal professionals
Lawyers in Private Practice
Barristers


Construction professionals:

Risk Managers
Building surveyors
Commercial positions in construction eg: business development
Contract managers
Architects
Engineers
Planning Managers
Procurement and Purchasing managers
Project Managers
Quantity surveyors
CEOs
Managing Directors

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2019. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2020).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

  • extend and develop your understanding of the law relating to the core aspects of international construction practice, dispute settlement, procurement and sustainability
  • provide opportunities for you to gain an understanding of a range of global issues affecting construction law and practice
  • gain knowledge, understanding and the requisite skills in preparation for employment in international construction legal practice and commercial organisations both in the UK and abroad
  • undertake extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops designed to encourage the development of critical analytical and reflective skills
  • participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers to maximise your experience on the course

Find out more on the prospectus.

The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 13th and 14th September 2019 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are a number of further optional study components throughout the course. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of optional modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. The other sessions will concentrate on additional areas that will be useful to students throughout their studies. These additional sessions will offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.

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Do not delay your application as places are limited.

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