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Course Description

Our society is regulated by a complex set of rules and regulations which both guide and protect individual and community rights. Being well informed about legal issues, including the rights and responsibilities integral to our society, is part of being an active and informed citizen. Students of Legal Studies will develop an understanding of legal concepts and the way the law functions in our society. 

The syllabus focuses on the way in which law is generated, how it is structured and how it operates in Australian and international contexts. Learning about our legal system will allow students to investigate the way our society operates and the influences that shape it.


Legal Studies


(Preliminary and HSC)

Course Type

Board Developed

Topics studied in Year 11

  • Part I: The legal system
  • Part II: The individual and the law
  • Part III: Law in practice

Topics studied in Year 12

  • Part I of the core: Crime
  • Part II of the core: Human Rights
  • Part III Option 1: Family
  • Part III Option 2: World Order

What do you do in this course?

Through Legal Studies, students will develop knowledge and understanding about:

  1. the nature and institutions of domestic and international law, 
  2. the operation of Australian and international legal systems and the significance of the rule of law,
  3. the interrelationship between law, justice and society and the changing nature of the law

Students also develop skills in investigating, analysing and communicating relevant legal information and issues.

How can this course help you in the future?

Legal Studies provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills that form a valuable foundation for a range of courses at university and other tertiary institutions. 

In addition, it assists students prepare for employment and full and active participation as citizens. In particular, there are opportunities for students to gain recognition in vocational education and training.