Stage 2 in 2021 | Assessment Type 3: Examination (1)

Legal Studies 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: Response to sources (65 minutes - 30 marks)
  • Part B: Extended Response (65 minutes - 30 marks).

Part A consists of several sources, and/or case studies. Students answer set questions based on one or both compulsory focus areas: Sources of law, or Dispute resolution.

Part B requires students to answer one essay question from a choice of four questions.  Students select from:

  • Focus area 1: Sources of law
  • Focus area 2: Dispute resolution
  • Optional area 1: The Australian Constitution
  • Optional area 2: When rights collide

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

  • understanding and application – UA1, UA2, UA3
  • analysis and evaluation — AE1, AE2
  • communication — C1

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.

Stage 2 in 2021 | Assessment Type 3: Examination (2)

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.

This sample examination shows the format of the Legal Studies examination from November 2021.