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MSc Construction Law & Practice

  1. 1. You are now in the: Construction Law & Practice RoomOption 2: If you have a microphone, raise your hand bypressing the button. You will be entered into aqueue. When I am ready to take your questions, I willprompt you to speak.When prompted, press thebutton and speak into your microphone. I will respond toyour verbal questions.To move into another room –click onbutton and select the room that you wish to enter fromthe dropped down list.(hold down control key on a Mac).Main Room is the reception.Should you have any further queries, please exit this software go to ‘File > Exit’ (on a PC) or‘Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu’ > Quit’(on a Mac).Option 1: I If you do not have a microphone, type amessage in the box to the bottom left and press theEnter button on your keyboard.I will respond to your text questions.I am Julie Adshead, one of the Programme Directors. The agenda for this session is as follows:1.I will begin with a 15 minute presentation2.If you have questions as we go along, please either type them in the chat box (Option 1) or raise yourhand (Option 2)3.At the end of my presentation I will read through the text questions and answer them; I will also givemicrophone rights to those who wish to verbally ask questions4.I will start my presentation at 18:30pm, and will repeat it again at 19:05pm.
  2. 2. Construction Law in theVirtual WorldMSc/LLM Construction Law &Practice
  3. 3. Today• I will explain:– Who studies on the course– What we study– How we study
  4. 4. First… please note:• Detailed information about the course is availablefrom:• Next intake is September 2013, but the course isvery popular (so if you are interested apply now toavoid disappointment)
  5. 5. Who?• The course is intended to help constructionprofessionals who need to understand constructioncontracts and legal processes in detail.– Current students are all employed in constructionsomehow. Some are lawyers, many are projectmanagers, QS, engineers, architects. Most are agood few years into their careers, some are earlycareer. About 50% are based outside the UK
  6. 6. Who?• Standard Entry requirements:– 2:2 Hons degree in law, or a construction relateddiscipline– Full professional membership of RICS or CIOB• Non standard:– Considered on a case by case basis. Applicantswill have to complete a portfolio which will beassessed for entry.
  7. 7. Who?• MSc or LLM?– This does not matter. The only distinction instudy occurs in Year 2. Students who completeYear 1 satisfactorily are permitted to transferbetween programmes.• Non Native English speaker?– If according to the University rules you need anIELTS certificate, then you will have to get one.
  8. 8. What?
  9. 9. Assessment?• No exams• All coursework• For the taught modules, this is generally, essay orlegal problem solving work• Generally 1 piece of coursework for each of the 4taught 30 credit modules – 6,000 words each.• Research phase – between 15,000 – 20,000 words inall.
  10. 10. What not?• Not arbitration• Yes, we do statutory construction adjudication,but only mention arbitration very briefly.• Not law other than English and Welsh• N.B. the approach to legal reasoning is identicalin all common law jurisdictions, and has greatsimilarities in civil law jurisdictions. Hence thereis benefit to be derived even if you are notpractising in England & Wales, however, youmust accept that we only look specifically at thatlaw.
  11. 11. How?• No books• No physical resources at all• No face to face contact …• How will this work?
  12. 12. No Books - Virtual Solution• Superlative e-resource access– Westlaw– Lawtel– Lexis– i-law [Building Law Reports, etc]• Investment into e-books and e-journals• Provision of e-learning packages which guide you toresources.
  13. 13. No Face to Face Contact – VirtualSolution• Regular live internet conferencing, UK mid weekevenings• 2013 Intake –Wednesday evenings (UK time)• All sessions are archived for later viewing orrevision• Peer to peer interaction encouraged which leads todevelopment of unified cohort of students, despitephysical separateness.• Also email and phone contact and meetings withtutors.
  14. 14. Tutors• Salford based lecturers:– Me, lawyer with construction environmentalinterests– Brodie McAdam, formerly construction litigationsolicitor with national law firm– Paul Tracey, experienced QS, with law degree– Paul Crowe, QS/PM with contract administrationexpertise
  15. 15. Tutors• External Lecturers:– Paul Crowe, QS who heads up a constructionconsultancy– Katherine Ibbotson, solicitor who advises the UKGovernment on Health procurement issues– Sarah Fox, formerly solicitor with national lawfirm
  16. 16. Tutors• Also, guest lecturers, e.g. Julian Bailey, CameronMcKenna. Rosie Oliver, UK Environmental LawAssociation (former DEFRA lawyer)• External supervisors, e.g. Julian Bailey, CameronMcKenna, Emmet Moore, Devonshires, DanielBrawn, Ronan Champion
  17. 17. Accreditation• Accredited by RICS• Completion of the course will be accepted by RICSas completion of academic elements of APC• The course is NOT accredited by CIArb – becausewe don’t do arbitration.
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