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Construction Law (LAW-885-001)
Shapiro, Stephenson

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (M) - Room 500

Enrolled: 19 / Limit: 20


Notices

Andrew Stephenson and Steven Shapiro look forward to the semester. If you have any questions, please contact me at sshapiro@american.edu.

Description

Construction law incorporates sophisticated legal issues with practice areas that reach across the U.S. economy. Construction matters routinely include contract law, labor relations, litigation and dispute resolution, government contracting, administrative law, and ethics. Private law firms, in house legal departments and government agencies continually hire graduates for their construction groups, yet students often have a negligible introduction to the field and are often not prepared for the nuances and scope of the work. The course will concentrate on many sub-disciplines of law which come into play in the construction industry and will explore and address the construction process and industry generally. The course also presents the fundamentals of: (i) architectural design process, administration, and approvals; (ii) project delivery methods and requests for proposal; (iii) pre-construction services and bidding; (iv) construction management and field administration; (v) construction materials, equipment and systems; (vi) LEED and sustainable design; (vii) technology tools; (viii) code compliance such as the Americans with Disabilities Act; and (ix) and ethical considerations.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check here to determine if books are currently available for purchase at the AU Campus Store.

We have not yet determined the textbook for the Spring 2012 semester.

First Class Readings

For the first class, we will be discussing recently completed buildings in the D.C. region.

Syllabus

The syllabus is available in the following format(s):