During the process of creating civil or structural engineering curriculums, the people in charge sometimes do not recognize the importance of including interdisciplinary subjects that are not directly related to civil or structural engineering fields, such as construction law. There are a variety of reasons for this. The first part of the paper provides an overview about curriculum’s creation processes at German universities. It describes the involved parties and the difficulties in finding a fair balance between the interests of all involved lecturers while observing the legal guidelines. The second part covers whether or not and to what extent construction law courses should be included in a civil or structural engineering program. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of including construction law courses. The conclusion is that courses in construction law are necessary to ensure graduates’ employability and the qualification to work professionally. However, civil or structural engineering graduates do not have to become Construction Law experts—they only have to acknowledge the seriousness of a situation and to identify a legal problem. This enables the building industry to save money that otherwise might have been spent on unnecessary legal consulting.
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