VCE Legal Studies

Oxford VCE Legal Studies

Victoria's most trusted Legal Studies series

Access & Justice | Units 1 & 2
Justice & Outcomes | Units 3 & 4

Victoria’s bestselling Legal Studies series has been updated for the 2018–2022 VCE Legal Studies Study Design, offering complete support for VCE teachers and their students in 2018 and beyond.

Authors Lisa Filippin, Margaret Beazer, Peter Farrar, Josie Gray and Annie Wilson bring their years of classroom experience to the new editions and provide unparalleled depth and coverage in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand and easy-to-master format.

Key enhancements

  • All content has been explicitly aligned to the 2018–2022 VCE Legal Studies Study Design
  • Content has been developed by expert teachers to be accurate, in-depth and appropriately levelled
  • Features a new, simplified structure, with content organised into manageable 2-, 4- or 6-page topics
  • Clear, simple and unambiguous language is supported by visuals on every spread
  • Margin glossary definitions appear on every page, supporting students at the point of learning
  • obook assess provides comprehensive student and teacher digital support, including answers to every question, assessment support, exam preparation videos, worksheets and more

A pathway to success for every student

  • New: The Legal Toolkit at the front of each Student book provides clear course information, tips for success, advice on mastering legal citation and a motivational exploration of careers in law
  • New: A short introductory chapter at the beginning of each major unit covers essential prior-knowledge to launch students successfully into the main course content
  • New: ‘Check your learning’ questions at the end of every topic are levelled according to Bloom’s taxonomy to allow for differentiation. Answers to every question in the Student book are provided on Teacher obook assess
  • New: ‘Going further’ content provides additional background information and opportunities for students who want to gain a richer understanding of the subject matter

Year 11 and 12 digital resources are now available

Access & Justice and Justice & Outcomes are supported by an unparalleled range of engaging and relevant digital resources via obook assess, Oxford's award-winning digital platform. Contact your local Oxford Education Consultant today to arrange an in-school demonstration.

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Student resources

  • a complete digital version of the Student book with notetaking and bookmarking functionality
  • case study and instructional videos
  • a range of engaging worksheets for every chapter
  • additional case studies and examples for extension
  • interactive auto-correcting multiple-choice quizzes
Student obook screenshot

Teacher resources

  • detailed course planners, teaching programs and lesson plans
  • answers to every question in the Student book
  • chapter summary PowerPoint presentations ideal for whole-class revision
  • printable (and editable) class tests with answers for every chapter
  • practice exams and SACs with answers
Teacher obook resources

Sample chapters


Chapter 1: Legal toolkit
Chapter 2: Introduction to Unit 1
Chapter 3: Legal foundations  View
Chapter 4: The presumption of innocence
Chapter 5: Indictable offences
Chapter 6: Summary offences
Chapter 7: Civil liability
Chapter 8: Tort law

Chapter 9: Other areas of civil law
Chapter 10: Introduction to Unit 2
Chapter 11: Sanctions
Chapter 12: Recent criminal cases
Chapter 13: Remedies
Chapter 14: Recent civil cases
Chapter 15: Rights



Chapter 1: Legal toolkit
Chapter 2: Introduction to Unit 3  View
Chapter 3: Introduction to the Victorian criminal justice system  View
Chapter 4: Determining a criminal case
Chapter 5: Reforming the criminal justice system
Chapter 6: Introduction to the Victorian civil justice system
Chapter 7: Resolving a civil dispute

Chapter 8: Reforming the civil justice system
Chapter 9: Introduction to Unit 4
Chapter 10: The people and the Constitution
Chapter 11: Changing and protecting the Constitution
Chapter 12: The parliament
Chapter 13: The courts
Chapter 14: Law reform

Meet Oxford's expert author team


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 Legal Studies and Business Management at Melbourne Girls Grammar, and was also the Year 10 Coordinator.

Margaret Beazer has been involved with Legal Studies in Victoria for many years. She has been writing Legal Studies textbooks 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.

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 more than 20 books and also served in numerous school senior leadership roles. Peter is actively involved with the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association (VCTA), and has been a regular presenter at Comview since 1992. He currently teaches at Star of the Sea College.

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. In recent years, Josie has worked as an assistant principal in the Victorian government school sector and as an educator in the vocational education and training sector where she delivered law-related units within the Diploma of Public Safety.

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 Legal Studies at Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

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