Legal Studies

SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Alice Healy

The Australian legal system is constantly evolving and has strengths and weaknesses. In this subject, you will analyse the Australian legal, constitutional, and justice systems and explore the different legal perspectives and priorities held by diverse cultural and interest groups. This includes the extent to which the legal system influences, and is influenced by, Indigenous Australians.


There are 3 focus areas covered in Stage 2 Legal Studies. These are

  • Focus Area 1: Sources of Law
  • Focus Area 2: Dispute Resolution
  • Optional Focus Area 1: The Constitution


By studying these three focus areas, it will provide opportunities for informed citizenship. The role and influence of the individual in shaping the Australian legal system are explored. You will be encouraged to seek information from a variety of sources,   including the media, government bodies, community groups, and legal bodies, and through participation with, and visits to, relevant locations and organisations, such as local Court Houses and Parliament House. You will also have the opportunity to participate in both a mock trial and a mock parliament (both done for knowledge and fun).


School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Folio (40%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Inquiry (30%)


External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)


While Stage 2 Legal Studies is not a specific prerequisite, it would be a great advantage for those students wanting to do further study in Law, Politics, Australian History or Business/Commerce. It also forms a solid foundation for students to understand how the legal system is run in Australia and how this system affects their everyday lives.