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 on 'law in the real world'.

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CEPLER Modules

CEPLER has developed a series of final year modules incorporating practice-perspectives and employing innovative assessment methods:

  • Regulation of the Legal Profession 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 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.
  • Employment Law 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. 
  • Real Estate Law builds on knowledge gained in the core Land Law module and gives insight into theory and practice, adopting a problem-based learning approach with students researching problems.
  • Global Legal Services 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

CEPLER is committed to exploring new and innovative approaches to developing and delivering the law curriculum.

The "Reimagining" Series was established to fund and organise legal education workshops, bringing together specialist groups of academics and practitioners to debate and reflect on new concepts, share best practice and develop subject-specialist networks.

Here is a list of the subjects our Reimagining Workshops has examined so far, some of which have generated CEPLER Working Paper reports: