This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other suitable qualified professionals, such as architects and quantity surveyors and lawyers, to acquire a knowledge of construction law. The diploma is accepted by Engineers Ireland as fulfilling criterion no. 2 (Knowledge of Law and Contract Procedure) for admission to the IEI list of conciliators. This Diploma has also been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting the requirements for continuing professional development. Accreditation has also been given for Part II status of membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 - 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to participate in workshops, which comprise a major part of the course and involve coursework to be submitted as part of the students' assessment.
Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods; the Irish litigation process; the law of evidence The Law of Tort; The Law of Contract Contracts in construction - procurement methods, engineering and building contracts, tenders Contracts in construction - claims, insurance, subcontracts; case law; public procurement; contracts for other professions Risk and insurance; sureties; statutory duties; professional relationships, duties and liabilities Methods of dispute resolution
Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in May/June. Each of these constitutes one third of the overall assessment. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, accounts for the remaining one third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each examination paper and each coursework assignment.
Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.