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Legal studies

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12LSG
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2LEG20
SACE credits: 20


C or better in any Year 11 Humanities subject or by negotiation with Humanities Coordinator.

It is an advantage to have a satisfactory completed semester of Stage 1 Legal Studies.

Subject descriptor:

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 structure 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 judgements about strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system. Students consider how and to what degree, these weaknesses may be remedied.

The focus capabilities for this subject are citizenship, personal development and learning.

Students explore the Australian legal system from the local level to its global connections. They examine the key concepts of parliamentary democracy, constitutional government and participation.

At Stage 2 students study the following four topics:

  • Topic 1 - The Australian Legal System
  • Topic 2 - Constitutional Government
  • Topic 3 - Law-making
  • Topic 4 - Justice Systems


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

Assessments Percent
Folio (school based) 50%
Inquiry (school based) 20%
Examination (external) 30%

Estimated subject fees:

Past Exam Paper Purchase - $12

Further information

Legal Studies is an language rich subject and students must be prepared to engage in significant amounts of reading and writing.