12 Legal Studies

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Global Learnings

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/en/web/legal-studies/stage 2




Legal studies explores Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. Legal studies provides students with a sound understanding of the structures of the Australian legal system and demonstrates how that system responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition. By analysing the Australian legal system, students consider how diverse groups in society, including Indigenous Australians, influence and are influenced by the legal system.

Topics may include

  • Australia’s legal system
  • constitutional government
  • law-making
  • justice systems


Students are assessed against the SACE performance standards for Stage 2 Legal Studies: 

  • knowledge and understanding 
  • inquiry 
  • analysis and evaluation 
  • communication 

The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Legal Studies 

School assessment

  • assessment type 1: folio
  • assessment type 2: inquiry

External Assessment

  • assessment type 3: examination

Additional Information

No additional costs, but option to purchase study guide companion.