New editions coming soon for 2021
Legal Studies for VCE Units 1–4
Access & Justice 14E
Justice & Outcomes 15E
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Fresh case studies

Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2 Access & Justice 14E and Units 3 & 4 Justice & Outcomes 15E have been updated to incorporate fresh content and features, including extensive coverage of recent case studies and legal reforms.

New assessment features

The new editions feature an enhanced focus on exam and assessment preparation. New digital features include fresh video content and innovative markbook functionality that enables teachers to easily assess, track and report on student progress.

Same expert author team

Oxford’s experienced author team return for the new editions of Legal Studies for VCE, continuing to provide the most authoritative voice on the market.

Key features of the Student books

Legal Studies for VCE Student books support understanding and progression, offering a pathway to assessment success for every VCE Legal Studies student.

Each Student book:

Provides a clear learning pathway explicitly aligned to the 2018-2022 VCE Legal Studies Study Design.

Offers an introductory chapter at the beginning of each unit to cover core concepts and essential prior knowledge.

Includes hypothetical and actual scenario features to put content into context for students using syllabus/exam terminology. All actual scenarios are recent and relevant.

Scaffolds student learning and aids navigation by sequencing key subject matter in 2- to 8- page topic spreads.

Supports differentiation through a range of levelled learning questions found at the end of every topic.

Features chapter openers to cover outcomes, key knowledge and key terms from the Study Design. Chapter reviews provide opportunities for extension.

Presents key subject matter using clear language and an informal tone supported by engaging visuals.

Contains a stand-alone Legal toolkit reference section that provides clear course information, study tips, exam advice and preparation, tips for mastering legal citation and career information.

Coming in December 2020

Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2

Access & Justice 14E

Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2 Access & Justice 14E covers Study Design content from Unit 1: Guilt and Liability and Unit 2: Sanctions, Remedies and Rights.

The Student book features a simple, engaging design with targeted on-page features that support student understanding and progression. Each Student book is backed by an extensive offering of digital resources for teachers and students via the obook assess platform and new markbook functionality.

Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2
Access & Justice 14E

Student book + obook assess
Print student book with digital obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2
Access & Justice 14E

Student obook assess
Digital student obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Legal Studies for VCE Units 1 & 2
Access & Justice 14E

Teacher obook assess
Digital teacher access for the life of the edition.
Institutional purchases
Please contact your Education Consultant if your school purchases resources on behalf of students and requires multi-year digital subscriptions. If your school has a different model, ask your Education Consultant about purchase options.
Chapter 1 Legal toolkit
UNIT 1 GUILT AND LIABILITY
Chapter 2 Introduction to Unit 1
Chapter 3 Legal foundations
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
UNIT 2 SANCTIONS, REMEDIES AND RIGHTS
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
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Coming in December 2020

Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4

Justice & Outcomes 15E

Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4 Justice & Outcomes 15E covers Study Design content from Unit 3: Rights and Justice and Unit 4: The People and the Law.

The Student book features a simple, engaging design with targeted on-page features that support student understanding and progression. Each Student book is backed by an extensive offering of digital resources for teachers and students via the obook assess platform and new markbook functionality.

Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4
Justice & Outcomes 15E

Student book + obook assess
Print student book with digital obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4
Justice & Outcomes 15E

Student obook assess
Digital student obook access for 27 months from the date of activation.
Legal Studies for VCE Units 3 & 4
Justice & Outcomes 15E

Teacher obook assess
Digital teacher access for the life of the edition.
Institutional purchases
Please contact your Education Consultant if your school purchases resources on behalf of students and requires multi-year digital subscriptions. If your school has a different model, ask your Education Consultant about purchase options.
Chapter 1 Legal toolkit
UNIT 3 RIGHTS AND JUSTICE
Chapter 2 Introduction to Unit 3
Chapter 3 Introduction to the Victorian criminal justice system
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
UNIT 4 THE PEOPLE AND THE LAW
Chapter 9 Introduction to Unit 4
Chapter 10 The people, the parliament and the constitution
Chapter 11 Checks on parliament in law-making
Chapter 12 Changing and protecting the Australian constitution
Chapter 13 The parliament
Chapter 14 The courts
Chapter 15 Law reform
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Digital resources

Markbook: new in 2021

Assess

Every chapter of Legal Studies for VCE is supported by quizzes that assess students' level of understanding, monitor progress and track engagement.



Track

The new Markbook feature enables teachers to:

  • filter online test and quiz results by class or group
  • add results from self-administered tests
  • add comments
  • focus on teaching – administration is taken care of!

Report

New enhanced reporting features include HTML or PDF student progress reports containing all test results, quiz results and comments.






Legal Studies for VCE is supported by a range of engaging and relevant digital resources via obook assess.

Resources for students

Students receive:

  • a complete digital version of the Student book with note-taking and bookmarking functionality
  • targeted instructional videos by some of Victoria's most experienced Legal Studies teachers, designed to help students prepare for exams and assessment tasks with a focus on breaking down questions and creating answers
  • case study videos (with supporting worksheets) from some of Australia's finest news and current affairs outlets (including ABC and SBS)
  • engaging worksheets for every chapter, designed to consolidate and extend understanding on key points from the Study Design
  • additional case studies and examples for extension
  • interactive auto-correcting multiple-choice quizzes
  • free Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary look-up feature.

Resources for teachers

In addition to the student resources, each Teacher obook offers:

  • detailed course planners, teaching programs and lesson plans
  • worked solutions for every question and case study 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.
  • Teachers can also set up classes, assign work, monitor student progress and graph results.

Meet our expert
author team

Oxford's experienced author team bring their unparalleled expertise in the field to the new editions of Access & Justice and Justice & Outcomes, providing the most authoritative voice on the market.

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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