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Not for ourselves alone

Curriculum 2023

Legal Studies


Subject Name Legal Studies
Year Level 11
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Optional
Year 12 Pathway Year 12 Legal Studies
Staff Contact Donna Foster


 Legal Studies explores the nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. Students gain an understanding of the structures of the legal system and how the diversity of society influences the legal system. The experiences gained by students about the legal system will enable them to participate as active and informed citizens in a democratic society. Students will analyse the dispute resolution process through the criminal and civil court systems and critically analyse if the system is fair and equitable.

Students will cover the compulsory Focus Area 1: Law and Communities and two optional focus areas, including Justice and Society, Relationship and the Law, Young People and the Law, and Law-making.


Analytical Response  30%

  • 1 task relating to the one Focus Area
  • Maximum 1200 words or 7-minute oral/multimodal presentation

Inquiry  30%

  • Students examine a current issue, analyse the legal implication and make recommendations for action and/or changes to the law.
  • Maximum 1200 words or 7-minute oral/multimodal presentation

Presentation  40%

  • Mock trial: take a lead role in a case and question witnesses or state the summation of a trial 
  • Maximum 7-minute oral presentation PLUS a reflection of 500 words

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