Is Legal Education Over-Regulated or Under-Regulated?
7 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2020 Last revised: 9 Feb 2021
Date Written: October 2, 2020
Posing the challenges facing legal education as concerned with its under- or over-regulation is the wrong question. Instead, we need to cast fresh eyes on the question of legal education beyond the binary of over- and under-regulation. This paper identifies three inter-related factors that reveal the inadequacy of our long-standing discourse on regulation of Australian legal education: the misapprehension as to the source of the qualifying (regulated) law curriculum; the profession’s own inability to articulate ‘work-readiness’ as a feature of legal education; and the university as a legacy institution.
Keywords: legal education, professional regulation, higher education, graduate employability
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