Legal Studies

Why should I study Legal Studies?

This course gives you a good foundation for studying Law at university, along with many other courses where an understanding of the Australian legal system would be expected. It also would be useful for students wishing to follow a pathway into law enforcement, such as a Police Officer. It gives you a good understanding of how our legal system works so that you can become a better-informed voter at elections and have an understanding of the processes involved in a criminal or civil dispute, should you ever find yourself in this situation.

This course provides students with the chance to learn about the Australian legal system, its principles and processes, and prepares students to be informed and articulate in matters of the law and society. Students learn how laws are made and enforced, about the legal issues affecting Australian citizens, and develop an understanding of the ways in which they can influence democratic processes.

Students develop an understanding of the tension between concepts such as:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Fairness and efficiency
  • The empowered and disempowered
  • Certainty and flexibility

Where does Legal Studies lead?

  • Further study
    • University courses Bachelor Degrees (eg Law, Business, Politics, Arts)
    • TAFE SA
  • SAPOL (South Australian Police)

What work will I do in Legal Studies?

Students undertake four tasks for their folio which could include activities such as:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Short response to a stimulus
  • Media analysis
  • Tests etc

For the Inquiry task, students choose their own topic and pose a question which they will seek to answer through considering a range of perspectives. The focus of the Inquiry must be a contemporary (current) legal issue of public interest in the 12 months before the assessment task began.

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Where can I find more information about Legal Studies?

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Who teaches Legal Studies?

Jean Perry