Career Pathways: Construction Law

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Construction Law is a complex area of law that is practiced in every size of firm and at every level of government.  The practice of construction law requires familiarity with federal, state, and local regulations regarding the erecting of buildings.  This may include familiarizing yourself with environmental law, insurance law, disability law, employment law, and zoning/land use law, among other areas.  Construction lawyers write contracts for buildings, resolve disputes, procure building permits, work to resolve safety issues, help write bids for construction projects, and ensure regulatory compliance.  They may work with owners, general contractors, architects, engineers, and urban planners.  Special skills that construction lawyers may need in addition to legal skills often include the ability to read building plans and GIS maps.  

 

Job Types Typical Duties
Federal Agencies
  • Create contracts for federal construction jobs

  • Help facilitate and oversee construction jobs

  • Resolve disputes over the scope of construction jobs

  • Create rules for construction to abide by concerning, for example, disability or environmental law

State Agencies
  • Create contracts for state construction jobs

  •  Help facilitate and oversee construction jobs

  • Resolve disputes over the scope of construction jobs

  • Create rules for construction to abide by concerning, for example, disability or environmental law

Local Government
  • Create contracts for city construction jobs
  • Help facilitate and oversee construction jobs
  • Help make sure that construction jobs comply with city zoning and planning rules
  • Resolve disputes between neighbors or corporations regarding construction
Private Law Firms
  • Assist clients in drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Enforce construction contacts.
  • Represent clients in lawsuits or during other dispute resolution processes.

Other Activities

 

  • Obtain an internship with an attorney or firm who practices construction law.
  • Periodically check the Symplicity Job Board for opportunities in this area of law.

Curriculum Considerations

Take a look at the Law Curriculum Mapping Guide to see courses related to a career in Construction Law.  In addition, it will help you identify faculty that you can speak to regarding this area of practice.