Subject renewal in 2021 (green info box)

Legal Studies has a new curriculum in 2021. See Subject renewal for details.

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This subject has an electronic examination in Stage 2. See Assessment Type 3: Examination. In 2020, we've shortened the exam from 190 minutes to 130 minutes.

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Subject description

Legal Studies (2021)

Students explore Australia's legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. They learn about the structures of the Australian legal system and how it responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition.

Students gain insight into law-making, the processes of dispute resolution, and the administration of justice. They investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society, and reflect on, and make informed judgments about, the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system.

Scales of justice and an open book

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Announcements

  • Everyone

    Stay up-to-date with how we're supporting students, schools, and teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including our latest communications and resources as they become available.

    Go to our portal.

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  • Everyone

    In 2020, we've shortened three exams from 190 minutes to 130 minutes.

    Check out the new 130-minute format using the samples provided on each subject page.

    Mathematical Methods

    Specialist Mathematics

    Legal Studies

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    Legal Studies Mathematical Methods Specialist Mathematics Exam
  • Teachers, Coordinators

    External assessment materials for all Stage 2 subjects with an investigation will be submitted online for marking. 

    School assessment materials for all Stage 2 subjects (except Community Studies) will be submitted online for moderation. 

    More about online submission.

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  • Everyone

    Following the successful delivery of three e-exams in 2019, six new subjects have been added in 2020. Find out more about each exam:

    - Biology e-exam NEW
    - English Literary Studies e-exam
    - Geography e-exam NEW
    - Indonesian (continuers) e-exam NEW
    - Legal Studies e-exam NEW
    - Modern History e-exam
    - Nutrition e-exam NEW
    - Psychology e-exam
    - Tourism e-exam NEW

    More about electronic exams.

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    Biology English Literary Studies Geography Indonesian (continuers) Legal Studies Modern History Nutrition Psychology Tourism

Subject codes

Subject codes

Stage 1
Credits Code
10 1LEG10
20 1LEG20
Stage 2
Credits Code
20 2LEG20