CEPLER provides the opportunity for the Law School to develop its curriculum in new and innovative ways, extending the vocational elements to improve employability and give students a concrete view of 'law in the real world' in all its forms.

Photo of students in a lecture at the University of Birmingham

We have increased the programme of 'Law in Practice' lectures - in which practitioners provide a day-to-day view of life and work in specialist areas of practice - and last year we provided lectures on areas including: Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Medical Law, Family Law, Media Law, all presented by experts in the respective fields.

CEPLER Modules

CEPLER has developed two new, bespoke undergraduate modules:

  • Regulation of the Legal Profession Module: Led by Dr Steven Vaughan, this module examines lawyers' duties and obligations, professionalism and codes of conduct, diversity, access to justice, legal education, and free movement of legal professionals within the EU. 
  • Advocacy Module: Led by Theresa Lynch, this module allows students to engage with court room advocacy and there is an emphasis on mooting. The course involves court visits and other advocacy skills such as mediation and negotiation. 

Legal Education Workshops

The Legal Education and Training Review reported in 2013. It was the largest review of legal education in four decades. CEPLER is committed to exploring new and innovative ways of thinking about and delivering the law curriculum.

Part of this includes the "Re-imagining" Series of legal education workshops.

The first of these, Re-imagining the Teaching of Criminal Law, took place in September 2014. Click on the title to download a report, or visit the working papers page for additional papers from that session.

The second of these session, Re-imagining Clinical Legal Education took place on Monday 30th March 2015 and a report can be downloaded by clicking on the title.