What is Legal Studies all about?
This study is about the way the law relates to and serves both individuals and the community. It focuses on developing an understanding of the way in which law is generated, structured and operates in Australia.
This study enables students to:
- understand and apply legal terminology, principles and concepts
- apply legal principles to actual and/or hypothetical scenarios, explore solutions to legal problems, and form reasoned conclusions
- analyse the institutions that make laws and understand the way in which individuals can engage in and influence law reform
- understand legal rights and responsibilities, and the effectiveness of the protection of rights in Australia
- analyse the methods and institutions that determine criminal cases and resolve civil disputes
- propose and analyse reforms to the legal system to enable the principles of justice to be achieved.
The study is made up of four units.
Unit 4: The people and the law
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4. Units 1 to 4 are designed to a standard equivalent to the final two years of secondary education.
The level of achievement for Units 3 and 4 is also assessed by an end-of-year examination.
Contribution to final assessment
The examination will contribute 50 per cent.