For the Profession

CEPLER's work in collaboration with solicitors, barristers and other legally-related organisations is fundamental to achieving the objectives of the CEPLER Framework. Through these partnerships, CEPLER is enhancing our provision of student activities and opportunities, and engaging in key research on the legal profession.

Photo of the Law Fair at the University of Birmingham

If you would like to make a general enquiry about CEPLER, please contact either Professor Robert Lee, CEPLER Director and Head of Birmingham Law School; or Ms Linden Thomas, CEPLER Manager and In-house Solicitor

The profession and pro bono

CEPLER's practitioner partners are critical to providing the range and diversity of projects we offer to students through the Pro Bono Group. For more information view the full range of current pro bono activities.  

If you would like to get involved please contact our CEPLER Manager, Linden Thomas

The profession and mooting/advocacy

The chance to participate in mooting, debating and negotiating is invaluable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are few opportunities for students to gain experience of court practices, and the involvement of professional solicitors and barristers, both in judging the moots and debates and providing feedback, has an inestimable impact on participants' skills and confidence. Find out more by viewing our mooting and advocacy activities and competitions.

If you are interested in volunteering contact our Director of Advocacy, Ms Theresa Lynch

The profession and careers

A key CEPLER objective is to provide a broad and diverse scope of activities that enable our students to develop their skills and experience  and enhance their employability. We have been privileged to welcome many practitioners from the legal and legally-related professions to deliver lectures, seminars and workshops, or to participate in discussion panels. More information can be found on our careers provision page.

In addition, Work Experience Placements are crucial to providing students with real world law experience and a significant boost to their employability.

If you would like to share your insights into your specialist area of practice, or provide students with essential work experience, please get in touch with our Director of Careers, Ms Emily Carroll

The profession and education

CEPLER's focus on the importance of innovation in the teaching of law enables the Law School to take a more practice-led approach. This focus on vocational elements enhances student employability and provides a concrete view of law as it is practised day-to-day. So far, CEPLER has introduced two new modules, reflecting this commitment, and the provision will be expanded in the coming year. For more information, view CEPLER education.

If you would like to discuss ways in which you or your organisation can support our education programme, please contact Ms Emma Flint