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 perspective of 'law in the real world'.

Photo of students in a lecture at the University of Birmingham

Our careers provision includes 'Law in Practice' lectures in which practitioners provide a day-to-day view of life and work in specialist areas of practice. Previous Law in Practice lectures included: Banking Law, Child and Family Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Construction Law, Immigration Law, Medical Law, Media Law, and Sport Law, all presented by experts in the respective fields.

CEPLER Modules

CEPLER's two undergraduate modules have been running for three years and have been very popular final year options:

  • 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. 

A further two modules will be available to final year students from October 2016:

  • Employment Law Module: Led by Linden Thomas, this module gives students an insight into the theory and practice of employment law relating to individual rights, drawing on clinical legal education models, in a simulated practice setting to introduce topics such as unfair dismissal and discrimination, as well as professional conduct issues. 
  • Global Legal Services Module: Led by Dr Julian Lonbay, this module looks at transnational legal services and their international regulatory arrangements, examining factors that affect lawyers and clients engaged in cross-border legal practice. It also covers areas such as: citizenship, recognition, scope of monopoly, organisation and training of lawyers, publicity rules, anti-bribery/corruption regulations, and legal services delivered by non-lawyers.

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.