CEPLER enhances and extends the vocational opportunities available to Birmingham Law School students to increase their knowledge and experience of the law and legally-related careers in practice.

Photo of students at the Law Fair at the University of Birmingham

CEPLER is working to maximise the scope of student employability and introduced the CEPLER Professional Development Scheme (CPD) to recognise and value students' commitment and dedication to skills development gained through participation in CEPLER activities.

CEPLER's professional partnerships are also helping us to develop practitioner-led teaching with the introduction of practice-based modules, whilst our ambitious  research programme is responsive to the transformation occurring in the legal profession and legal education.

 Download the CEPLER Annual Report 2014-15:

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The CEPLER Framework

CEPLER's objectives are to:

  • create opportunities for and facilitate world class research on the legal profession, law in practice, and legal education;
  • support and facilitate the impact of the Law School's research across all fields of law, and encourage public engagement;
  • enhance the legal practice skills, commercial awareness and employability of Law School students;
  • have instilled in Birmingham Law School Graduates a sense of civic duty and citizenship;
  • increase awareness of legal rights and responsibilities amongst the wider community

each of these is in collaboration with the legal profession, our students, the wider university, other academics, policy makers, regulators and others.

2014-15 CEPLER's impact in numbers

  • 51 careers events
  • 164 students involved in pro bono activities
  • 185 students recruited into next year's Pro Bono Group
  • 178 students involved in advocacy, mooting and debating
  • 914 students enrolled in the CEPLER Professional Development scheme
  • 39 CEPLER Professional Development prize-winners in its first graduating cohort
  • 25 students undertaking Work Experience Placements with CEPLER bursaries
  • 36  cases advised on by students through the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group
  • 270 hours of paid academic research assistance given to Birmingham Law School staff by LLM students through the CEPLER Re-skill scheme