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    Dec 01, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Contractual and Legal Affairs in Engineering and Construction Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Contractual and Legal Affairs in Engineering and Construction is designed to:

  1. provide engineers and others who have a background in construction with a background in law, focusing on contract law, and
  2. provide lawyers with a background in construction and engineering.

Both of these fields have substantial overlap starting in the planning and contracting stages, continuing through project implementation and contract administration, and sometimes ending in formal dispute resolution proceedings. In such an environment, a broad range of knowledge in both fields is not only desirable; it may be critical to a firm or project’s success.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type



Admissions Standards/Procedures

The following four types of students are expected to participate in the certificate program:

  1. law students with an interest in construction law, 
  2. engineering students pursuing a doctorate degree (doctoral candidates), 
  3. engineering students pursuing a master’s degree (master’s candidates), and 
  4. students with a B.S. who are pursuing only the law and engineering certificate (“certificate candidates”).

To this effect, applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements and be admitted to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Graduate School. The only academic prerequisite for the certificate program is a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college. The College of Law stipulates that law students seeking to pursue the Certificate must first obtain the approval of the Dean or the Dean’s Designee.

Credit Hours Required

15 graduate credit hours (after 2 prerequisite courses are satisfied)

Required Courses

  • Primary Courses
    • CE 584  [waived for law students]
    • LAW 944  (3 credit hours)
  • Capstone: Student, in coordination with faculty supervisor for the program, will choose one of the following based on availability and interests of student:
  • Secondary Courses

Additional Course Requirements