Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4 Student book + obook assess

Justice & Outcomes

Fifteenth Edition

Lisa Filippin, Annie Wilson, Peter Farrar, Margaret Beazer, Josie Gray

Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4 Student book + obook assess

Justice & Outcomes

Fifteenth Edition

Lisa Filippin, Annie Wilson, Peter Farrar, Margaret Beazer, Josie Gray




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15 Dec 2020




VCE Legal Studies

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Oxford’s well-respected authors and award-winning publishing team have updated Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2 Access & Justice 14E and Units 3 & 4 Justice & Outcomes 15E to incorporate up-to-date content, including coverage of recent case studies and legal reforms.

The series has been thoroughly revised with a range of added innovative features, providing an enhanced focus on exam and assessment preparation.

Legal Studies for VCE combines accessible language with unparalleled depth and extension opportunities across a suite of print and digital resources. All content in the series is:

  • explicitly aligned to the 2018–2022 VCE Legal Studies Study Design
  • laid out in manageable 2- to 8-page topic spreads
  • presented using clear language and an informal tone
  • accompanied by engaging visuals
  • supported by margin glossary definitions on every page.

Unprecedented digital support
New digital features include fresh video content and innovative markbook functionality that enables teachers to easily assess, track and report on student progress.
Comprehensive student and teacher digital support is provided on obook assess, including answers, worksheets, assess quizzes, chapter summaries, course planners, printable and editable teaching notes, practice exams and SACs with answers, and more.

A pathway to success for every student
A range of improved chapter features gives students of all abilities the best chance at experiencing success in VCE Legal Studies. Key features include:

  • The Legal toolkit in each Student book provides clear course information, study tips, exam advice and preparation, tips for mastering legal citation and career information.
  • An introductory chapter at the beginning of each unit covers core concepts and essetial prior knowledge to launch students successfully into the main course content.
  • Chapter openers cover outcomes, key knowledge and key terms from the Study Design.
  • NEW: Chapter reviews at the end of each chapter consist of three top revision tips, practice revision questions using task words (graded low, medium and high order) and a practice assessment task.
  • Unit reviews include a practice assessment for each area of study.
  • NEW: Hypothetical scenario and Actual scenario features help put content into context for students using syllabus/exam terminology. All actual scenarios are recent and relevant.
  • Check your learning questions levelled according to Bloom’s taxonomy to allow for differentiation are found at the end of every topic.
  • Extract features provide excerpts from relevant legal documents.
  • Did you know? features provide interesting background information and additional context.
  • Study tips throughout each Student book alert students to important points and provide tips on how to improve their performance on assessment tasks.


Chapter 1: Legal toolkit

1.1 Understanding the VCE Legal Studies course 
1.2 Setting yourself up for success in VCE Legal Studies  
1.3 Tips for success on assessment tasks  
1.4 Mastering legal citation  
1.5 Careers in the law

Chapter 2: Introduction to Unit 3

2.1 An overview of the Australian legal system  
2.2 Criminal law and civil law  
2.3 The meaning of the rule of law

Chapter 3: Introduction to the Victorian criminal justice system

3.1 Introduction to the criminal justice system  
3.2 The principles of justice  
3.3 Key concepts in the Victorian criminal justice system  
3.4 The rights of the accused  
3.5 The rights of the victims  
Chapter 3 review

Chapter 4: Determining a criminal case

4.1 The role of Victorian Legal Aid in assisting an accused  
4.2 The role of community legal centres in assisting an accused  
4.3 The purposes of committal proceedings  
4.4 Pleas negotiations  
4.5 Sentence negotiations 
4.6 The reasons for a Victorian court hierarchy 
4.7 The responsibilities of the judge and jury in a criminal trial 
4.8 The responsibilities of the parties and legal practitioners in a criminal trial  
4.9 The purposes of sanctions  
4.10 Types of sanctions – fees  
4.11 Types of sanctions – imprisonment  
4.12 Sentencing factors  
Chapter 4 review

Chapter 5: Reforming the criminal justice system

5.1 Costs factors  
5.2 Time factors  
5.3 Cultural factors  
5.4 Recent reforms  
5.5 Recommended reforms  
Chapter 5 review

Chapter 6: Introduction to the Victorian civil justice system

6.1 Introduction to the civil justice system  
6.2 The principles of justice  
6.3 Key concepts in the Victorian civil justice system  
6.4 Relevant factors when initiating a civil claim – negotiation and costs  
Chapter 6 review

Chapter 7: Resolving a civil dispute

7.1 Consumer Affairs Victoria  
7.2 The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal  
7.3 The purposes of civil pre-trial procedures  
7.4 The reasons for a Victorian court hierarchy  
7.5 The responsibilities of the parties and legal practitioners in a civil trial  
7.6 The responsibilities of the parties and legal practitioners in a civil trial   
7.7 Judicial powers of case management  
7.8 Courts as dispute resolution bodies  
7.9 Methods used to resolve civil disputes – mediation and conciliation  
7.10 Methods used to resolve civil disputes – arbitration  
7.11 Remedies  
Chapter 7 review

Chapter 8: Reforming the civil justice system

8.1 Costs factors 
8.2 Time factors 
8.3 Accessibility factors  
8.4 Recent reforms  
8.5 Recommended reforms  
Chapter 8 review

Chapter 9: Introduction to Unit 4

9.1 The historical development of the British parliament 
9.2 The federation of Australia  
9.3 Parliaments in Australia  
9.4 The meaning of the rule of law

Chapter 10: The people and the Constitution

10.1 Introduction to the Australian Constitution  
10.2 The role of the Commonwealth parliament in law-making in law-making  
10.3 The role of the Victorian parliament in law-making  
10.4 The role of the Crown in law-making  
10.5 The division of constitutional law-making powers  
10.6 Section 109 of the Australian Constitution  
Chapter 10 review

Chapter 11: Checks on Parliament in law-making

11.1 Introduction to the checks on Parliament in law-making  
11.2 The bicameral structure of the Commonwealth parliament  
11.3 The speration of exclusive, legislative and judicial powers  
11.4 The express protection of rights  
11.5 The role of the high Court in interpreting the Australian Constitution  
11.6 The requirement for a double majority in a referendum  
Chapter 11 review

Chapter 12: Changing and protecting the constitution

12.1 High Court cases and sections 7 and 24 of the Constitution 
12.2 Protecting the Australian Constitution – the 1999 Referendum 
12.3 Protecting the Australian Constitution – the 1967 Referendum 
12.4 The High Court and the division of law-making powers  
12.5 Interpretation of the external affairs power  
Chapter 12 review

Chapter 13: The Parliament

13.1 The roles of the houses of parliament  
13.2 The representative nature of parliament  
13.3 Political pressures  
13.4 Restrictions on law-making powers 
Chapter 13 review

Chapter 14: The courts

14.1 Introduction to the courts  
14.2 The roles of the courts in law-making  
14.3 Statutory interpretation  
14.4 Factors that affect the ability of the courts to make law – the doctrine of precedent 
14.5 Factors that affect the ability of the courts to make law – judicial conservatism 
14.6 Factors that affect the ability of the courts to make law – judicial activism 
14.7 Factors that affect the ability of the courts to make law – cost and time bringing a case to court 
14.8 Factors that affect the ability of the courts to make law – the requirement of standing 
14.9 The relationship between courts and parliament in law-making  
Chapter 14 review

Chapter 15: Rights

15.1 Reasons for law reform 
15.2 Individuals influencing law reform through petitions  
15.3 Individuals influencing law reform through demonstrations  
15.4 Individuals influencing law reform through the courts 
15.5 The role of the media in law reform  
15.6 The Victorian Law Reform Commission  
15.7 Parliamentary committees  
15.8 Royal commissions   
15.9 The ability of parliament and the courts to respond to the need for law reform


Lisa Filippin is an experienced solicitor, teacher, assessor and examiner. She is currently a practising solicitor, working predominantly in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency. Prior to working as a solicitor, Lisa taught at Melbourne Girls Grammar in the areas of Legal Studies and Business Management and was also the Year 10 Coordinator. Lisa has held several roles involving exam development, assessment and curriculum development, and was involved in the re-accreditation of the VCE Legal Studies course in 2009–2010 and 2016–17.

Annie Wilson is an experienced VCE Legal Studies and Commerce teacher who has been passionately teaching and developing curriculum materials for over 30 years. She is the author of numerous textbooks and has prepared a range of teaching and learning resources for various publishers and subject associations including the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA). Annie is currently teaching at Camberwell Girls Grammar School and is actively involved in providing professional development to VCE Legal Studies teachers and student revision lectures.

Peter Farrar has taught VCE Legal Studies for over 25 years. He is passionate about learning and teaching and is highly skilled at developing a range of learning materials to meet the needs of a diverse range of students. During his career, he has authored over 20 books and also served in numerous senior leadership roles. Peter is actively involved with the VCTA, and has been a regular presenter at Comview since 1992. He currently teaches at Star of the Sea College.

Margaret Beazer has been involved with Legal Studies in Victoria for many years. She has been writing Legal Studies text books since 1990 and ran her own publishing business for many years. Prior to publishing and authoring, Margaret taught Legal Studies at Monash High School and Trinity Grammar School; worked in curriculum development for the then Board of Studies; and was the Legal Studies State Reviewer for over 20 years.

Josie Gray has 30 years’ experience in the planning and delivery of both academic and vocational education and training programs. She has taught business and law-related subjects to both school-age and adult learners. Josie taught VCE Legal Studies for many years before working as an Assistant Principal in the Victorian government school sector for 10 years, and as an educator in the Vocational Education and Training sector delivering law-related units. She is currently employed in the Victorian public sector where she designs, delivers and provides advice on professional development programs in education.

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