The construction of the legal identity: 'Governmentality' in Australian legal education

  • Matthew Ball


Research into the way that law students construct their legal identities (particularly regarding whether they maintain socially idealistic aims) relies on problematic assumptions about how power relations operate. Foucault’s work, particularly that on ‘governmentality’, provides the conceptual tools to address these limitations, and think differently about the way the legal identity is constructed throughout legal education. This paper applies this framework to Australian legal education with the intent of moving research in this area in a more productive direction. Doing so will also provide a more nuanced basis for political action than is possible with current conceptual frameworks.


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Dec 1, 2007
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BALL, Matthew. The construction of the legal identity: 'Governmentality' in Australian legal education. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, dec. 2007. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 apr. 2019. doi:
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