Taking up the study of legal education in distinctly biopolitical terms, this book provides a critical and political analysis of resistance in the law school.

Legal education concerns the complex pathways by which an individual becomes a lawyer, making the journey from lay-person to expert, from student to practitioner. To pose the idea of a biopolitics of legal education is not only to recognise the tensions surrounding this journey but also to recognise that legal education is a key site in which the subject engages, and is engaged by, a particular structure—and here the particular structure of the law school. This book explores the resistance to that structure, including: different ways in which law’s pedagogic structures might be incomplete, or are being fought against; the use of less conventional elements of cultural discourse to resist the abstraction of the lawyer in students’ subject formation; the centralisation of queer and feminist discourses to disrupt the hierarchies of the legal curriculum; the use of digital technologies; the place of embodiment in legal education settings; and the impacts of posthuman knowledges and contexts on legal learning.

Assembling original, field-defining essays by both leading international scholars and emerging researchers, this book constitutes an indispensable resource in legal education research and scholarship that will appeal to legal academics everywhere.

chapter |6 pages


part I|84 pages

Normative Resistance

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

Educating for the End of a Necropolitical World

What Happens Beyond Decolonisation in Legal Education?

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Centring Feminist and Queer Experiences in the Law School

Legal Zines as a Humanising Pedagogy

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

School and Fundamental Rights

An Active Responsible Citizenship

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

The Value of Twitter in Building a Community of Students

Does This Go Toward or Against the Concept of ‘Human’ Students?

part II|78 pages

Internal Resistance

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Law Teacher as Poet

Transcending the Mechanics of Legal Education

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

The Comedy of Corpus Iuris

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

Teaching Cultural Legal Studies

chapter Chapter 10|15 pages

Conversation as Pedagogy

The Use of Popular Stories in the Identity Projects of Law Students

part III|64 pages

Posthuman Resistance

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Rosi Braidotti's Posthuman Knowledge and Legal Education

A Critical Appraisal

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Posthumanist Legal Education

Learning to Entangle Human Law with Its More-Than-Human World

chapter Chapter 13|13 pages

Law as Relation and the Co-emergence of Beings

Towards a Paradigm Shift in Legal Education

chapter Chapter 14|18 pages

Study of Law Without Ends