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Legal studies (A)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11LGA
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 1LEG10
SACE credits: 10


C or better in Year 10 Humanities

Subject descriptor:

Stage 1 Legal Studies may be studied as a one semester (A) or a two semester (A & B) subject . It is advantageous to do Legal Studies A in the first semester and Legal Studies B in the second.

Legal Studies explores Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system. Students are provided with an understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and how that system responds and contributes to social change.

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.

A 10-credit subject consists of:


  • Topic 1: Law and Society
  • Topic 2: People, Structures and Processes
  • Topic 3: Law-making


Assessment at Stage 1 is school-based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types

  • Folio
  • Issues Study
  • Presentation

Further information

Success in this course gives students added opportunities to pursue a career in areas such as the police force or within the court system.

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