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

Suggested Citation

Galloway, Kate, Is Legal Education Over-Regulated or Under-Regulated? (October 2, 2020). Griffith University Law School Research Paper No. 21-2, Available at SSRN: or

Kate Galloway (Contact Author)

Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111

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