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Legal Studies covers a broad range of topics and aims to provide an understanding of the role of law in society and the basic processes and principles of the New Zealand legal system. Legal Studies explores and evaluates the ability of the legal system to provide just outcomes for all individuals and groups, giving students a better understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities. Students will develop an appreciation of how the legal system impacts on their lives and how they can influence and change it. This subject can lead to a range of possible careers including the legal profession, business, government service or agencies.
Students at this level will be able to evaluate concepts and principles, and systems and processes of the New Zealand and other legal systems. They will explore the application of a concept of law such as crime or natural justice to real situations. Students study formal means of challenging state power, such as the Ombudsman used in New Zealand, and evaluate a law making process associated with a major issue such as film production in New Zealand.
Other major areas of law covered include concepts of democracy and government and different concepts of justice, evaluated in relation to specific situations such as significant events or particular legislation.
NCEA Level 3 Legal Studies is not on the NZQA approved subject list for University Entrance. However the unit standards gained in LG3000 can count towards the other 18 credits required for NCEA Level 3, which is a requirement for University Entrance.
Students should have a very good level of literacy.
|Standard||Description||Version||Credits||Assessment||L1 Lit/Num||UE Lit/Num||Vocational Pathways|
|10347||Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the New Zealand legal system||6||5||Internal|
|27837||Evaluate a concept of democracy and government in relation to restraint on state power||2||4||Internal|
|27840||Evaluate a concept of justice in relation to a specific situation||2||4||Internal|
|27843||Evaluate a concept of law in relation to a specific situation||2||4||Internal|
|27846||Evaluate litigation and dispute resolution processes in relation to challenging state power||2||4||Internal|
|27849||Evaluate a law making process in relation to a significant legal issue||2||4||Internal|
|27852||Evaluate systems of government and their formation||2||4||Internal|