Stage 1

Legal Studies A

Assumed Knowledge



A level 4 or better in Year 10 Humanities or English.

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Citizenship, Learning.

Related Subject
Subject Description

Legal Studies explores Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. Students are provided with an understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and how that system responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition.
The study of Legal Studies provides insight into law-making and the processes of dispute resolution and the administration of justice.  Students investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society. They reflect on, and make informed judgments about, strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system.  Students consider how, and to what degree, these weaknesses may be remedied.

Students study two topics which include Law & Society and a selected topic from the following (although not exclusive):

  • People, Structures, and Processes

  • Young People and the Law

  • Young Workers and the Law

  • Law-making

  • Victims and the Law

  • Relationships and the Law

  • Justice and Society

  • Motorists and the Law

In the second semester students examine different topics to the first semester, however Assessment types are as indicated in the table below. 

Course Fees


Additional Costs

​Students may attend some excursions (approximately $10.00)​.

Assessment Type 1:

Folio: Short answer questions; Interpretation of Media Articles; Case Studies; Court Visit. (90 minute supervised test) Media study: critique of the Functions of Law in relation to the ‘Burka Debate’ (800 words).

Assessment Type 2:

Issues Study: Critique of an aspect of the Australian legal system (1000 words).

Assessment Type 3:

Presentation Folio: Role Play, eg court hearing or other forms. (Oral presentation, maximum 6 minutes).

Assessment Type 4:


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