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As the legal profession enters a period of significant transformation brought on by globalisation and changing social conditions, legal education will be required to respond to these changes, becoming more flexible, inclusive and less expensive. The xMOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has led educational innovation internationally, but is stifled by extensive regulation in Australia. The Australian higher education regulatory scheme has been designed to manage the extensive costs and risks in the context of three or four year degree programs, but some of this stringency is not as necessary for low cost or open education initiatives. Legal Admission regulation also has not adjusted to xMOOC designs further impeding development in the legal context. While the MOOC is not a singular solution to twenty-first century educational demands and it does give rise to new methods of education, it holds out the promise of developing new ideas and technologies which for the moment lies just outside the reach of many Australian law schools.

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