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Legal Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in Australian and SACE International schools from January 2023 to December 2023.
For teaching in SACE International schools only from May/June 2023 to March 2024 and from May/June 2024 to March 2025. Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021.
Accredited in June 2020 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | External assessment | Assessment Type 3: Examination

Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

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 will be assessed in the examination:

  • understanding and application
  • analysis and evaluation
  • communication.