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Stage 2
Assessment Type 3: Examination

Exam External assessment Weighting: 30%

The Legal Studies examination is an e-exam that is assessed externally. See the calendar for the date of the examination.

Students undertake a 130-minute external examination that is divided into two parts:

  • Part A: Short Responses
  • Part B: Extended Responses.

Part A consists of a number of compulsory questions. Students may be required to respond to short-answer questions, analyse a media article, respond to a stimulus, or analyse a legal process. All topics are examined in this part.

Part B requires students to answer one essay question from a choice of four.

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in the examination:

  • knowledge and understanding — KU1, KU2, and KU3
  • analysis and evaluation — AE1, AE2, and AE3
  • communication — C1 and C2. 

Student work should be their own. See Supervision and verification of student work.

Preparing for the exam

There are many ways to prepare for an exam. Resources specifically for Legal Studies are available below.

Past exams

Content in past exams may not be reflective of content in future exams.

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Sample exams

Sample exams better reflect the types of questions students may be asked in future electronic exams. Questions may include media types which have not been possible in a paper exam (e.g. watching a video and responding).

Sample exams may not be provided for each year. They are only published when there is a significant change to the exam, like a new question type or new functionality.