Year 12 Legal Studies

Transition Lecture 2014
* The Australian Legal System
* Constitutional Government
* Law Making
* Justice Systems
* The course is taught over 3 school terms i.e.
(terms 1 – 3)
* Term 4 (first 2 weeks) is for revision, followed
by SACE Board examinations
* There is NO pre-requisite knowledge required
for Year 12 Legal Studies. Having done Year 11
Legal Studies and/or Politics is simply helpful.
The subject is no more difficult than any other
Year 12 subject. What might differ is the
approach you take to learning the requisite
Remember, the exam is the same for all Year
12s. The teaching and your effort to learn,
make all the difference.
A note about homework:
As USC is an adult learning environment
and Year 12 is the year to adopt a
university style of learning.
Are you ready?
* It means that there is no set homework.
Instead, you are advised of the work that
needs to be completed for a unit of work i.e.
Functions of the Law, along with a due date
for completion. You work at your own pace
dependent upon overall personal
commitments; study, work and social life.
* Your study Programme will guide your work
week by week.
* That you complete the work which has been
set prior to the tutorial for that week
* That you meet with me each week during
availability time for 10 minutes in the first
term, to diagnose, remediate and ensure
enriched learning is happening
* Engage in the learning
* Welcome newcomers and guests
* Over to you – what are you seeking?
* In essence, this is a partnership
* We have the same goals, you and I
* Working together, we have strength, so
cooperate and engage and when the going gets
tough, seek support
* Remember, we all get by with a ‘little help
from our friends’
* My objective is not to simply teach a
curriculum but to include in my teaching,
strategies for successful learning and for some
fun along the way. I will also incorporate a
variety of activities to suit all different types
of learning, to boost your confidence. I will be
keeping you busy and you will need to keep up
by being organised.
* Mock trials
* Sentencing hearings
* Classroom Group Quiz Challenges
Author: Geof Bailey
Publisher: Adelaide Tuition Centre
[available via Yvette]
Workbook: “Court & Tort – A Student’s
Author: Geof Bailey
Publisher: LETASA
[available via Yvette]
Exercise Book:
1 A4, spiral bound, 5 Subject Note Book
[includes lecture note pockets]
Highlighter Pens (various colours)
Assessment in Stage 2 Legal Studies consists of
the following components, weighted as shown:
Assessment Component 1:
Course Work - Folio (50%)
Assessment Component 2:
Inquiry Task (20%)
Assessment Component 3:
Examination (30%)
Assessment methodology may include any
combination of collaborative tasks, debates, media
analysis exercises, multiple choice questions,
research tasks, short answer questions, short
responses to a stimulus, single-part extended
responses, single-part shorter responses, source
analysis, oral presentation, a written report.
Some will be formative (term 1) &
others summative (terms 2 & 3)
You will be issued an assignment task booklet at the
start of the year so that you are aware of what
summative testing lies ahead.
*For those students who are keen to make a
head start in Legal Studies you can do a
number of things over the summer holiday
break, which will prove useful to you
during the coming year.
* You are encouraged to start reading daily
* Laws are changing all the time so that any
textbook is out of date the moment it is
written. To keep up with changes in the legal
system during your study of the subject, you
will be required to complete a legal update
log, gaining your information from the daily
*Now is a good opportunity, if you are not
yet an avid newspaper reader, to
commence. You will find that The
Advertiser is a good source for advising
State (local) changes, while The Australian
provides more information on Federal and
Australia-wide (other States) reform.
* Another useful activity is to visit the Courts. As
a member of the public, you are able to attend
and observe the Magistrates, District or
Supreme Courts in action. There are Enquiry
Counters at each Court location where you can
identify the nature of the cases being heard.
Sheriffs Officers can assist you with directions
to the Courtrooms and give further advice on
the stage that a trial is at e.g. prosecution
evidence, summing up etc. Tell them that you
are a legal studies student who is wanting to
learn more.
The State Courts that you will visit during your
studies are all located around Victoria Square,
*Take your time through this exploration
but also leave yourself plenty of time to
have fun before the start of this very
important, impending year.

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