Year 12 – Legal Studies

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: HASS Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in Stage 1 English or Stage 1 English Literary Studies.

Satisfactory completion of Stage 1 Legal Studies is recommended.

Course Description

Stage 2 Legal Studies focuses on the operation of Australia’s legal system including:

  • Sources of Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • The Constitution (Optional Topic 1)
  • When Rights Collide (Optional Topic 2).

Students learning includes:

  • Understanding legal principles and processes
  • Understanding ways that legal systems balance competing interests or tensions
  • The development of civic literacy
  • The development of skills in critical analysis and application of legal principles, processes and concepts to case studies, the law and or issues
  • Communicating and evaluating legal arguments to make informed recommendations.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Folio (50%): Four tasks
  • Inquiry (20%): One individual Inquiry into a contemporary legal issue of student interest.

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%).