Teacher resources

The best VELS and VCE Legal Studies resources in one place.

Finding up-to-date and interesting resources for your students can be hard. Victoria Law Foundation has made it easy by bringing them all together in one place. Search our database to find resources produced by the legal sector to support your teaching in VELS and VCE Legal Studies.

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76 resources
Transport Accident Commission logo
Various resources

Road safety in schools

VELS
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

Young people aged 18–25 years are about three times more likely to be killed in a car crash than older, more experienced drivers. One way to change this is to provide relevant driver safety education for schools.

The TAC (Transport Accident Commission) has developed a range of school resources that can be taught alongside the core road safety school program.

Published: 2016

Culpable driving courtroom drama

VELS
VCE unit 1
General

The National Trust of Victoria's new Culpable Driving Court Room Drama looks at the case of a young man, Kim Tran, who was charged with culpable driving in the County Court. The case is based on a real case, but names, dates and details have been changed to maintain the confidentiality of the original participants. This program includes new video projections and an updated script. This courtroom drama was launched in February 2016 and was funded by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation.

Accurate at: 23 February, 2016

Victoria Legal Aid
Various resources

Young people and the law

VELS
VCE unit 1
General

A range of educational resources, including teacher kits and videos, that focus on the kinds of legal issues that young people may face. For example, information on courts and the legal system, fines and infringements, police powers and your rights, public transport offences, sex and the law, and legal rights and responsibilities for young people.

Accurate at: 19 January, 2016

Teacher resources
Various resources

Learning the law: fines and driving

VCE unit 1
General

An online suite of teaching tools for mainstream and secondary specialist school teachers covering public transport fines and driving on your learners.

It is suitable for students with a mild intellectual disability in years 8 to 12.

Accurate at: 20 November, 2015

Role play

Respect me

VELS
VCE unit 1
General

The National Trust of Victoria, in partnership with the Gippsland Legal Service, has developed a courtroom drama entitled ‘Respect Me’, the purpose of which is to inform students of the dangers of inappropriate use of social media.

Accurate at: 20 November, 2015

Various resources

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

A range of resources developed to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission the series of online educational resources explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia.

The resources include:

  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom interactive resource
  • The Magna Carta video
  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom teacher resources

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Civil law
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen

Accurate at: 15 June, 2015

Sex, young people and the law
Various resources

Sex, young people and the law (education kit)

VCE unit 1
General

A kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships.

The kit covers the following topics:

  • age of consent
  • consent
  • cyber bullying
  • sexting.

Developed by Victoria Legal Aid and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre.

Accurate at: 2 June, 2015

Guides

3D interactive court room

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

A 3D interactive tool for students to explore a court room. The activity includes key roles that function in a court. It is a fun, yet educational tool for introducing the machinations of a courtroom to students.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action

Accurate at: 1 June, 2015

Various resources

Children's Court of Victoria

VCE unit 1

Provides information on the processes in the Children's Court of Victoria. Includes virtual tours of the courtroom and videos of mock hearings of a criminal case and an intervention order.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom

Published: 2014

Various resources

Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

VCE unit 1
General

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights contains 20 basic rights that promote and protect the values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity. This includes rights in criminal proceedings, such as the right to trial and the presumption of innocence. Follow this link to find out who the Charter applies to and how it works.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom

Published: 2014

Resource

Teachers and students

VCE unit 3

Provides case studies that include a step-by-step description of the commission's law reform process. You can also organise a visit for your school and order or download resources for free.

VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and citizens

Published: 2014

Various resources

Appearing in court

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

Provides information on the court processes in a criminal case, including giving evidence and the various roles that people play in a hearing.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2014

Resource

Learning hub

VCE unit 4

Provides educational information and academic articles on alternative dispute resolution methods, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and community justice.

VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods

Published: 2014

Various resources

Victorian Law Reform Commission videos

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

These videos are intended to help Legal Studies students understand important legal principles. Topics covered include Australia's legal system, the jury system and alternative dispute resolution.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law
VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Civil law
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen
VCE unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2014

Various resources

Jury Empanelment Report

VCE unit 4

This report reviews three aspects of the jury empanelment process: peremptory challenges, calling of the panel in court by name or number, and the use of additional jurors.

VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2014

Various resources

Everyday-Law

General

A website that draws together the best legal information produced across Victoria. Includes information on common legal problems, the legal system and articles explaining current legal issues.

Published: 2014

Role play

You be the judge

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

A series of four case studies for students to discuss, consider and apply the principles of sentencing. Students move through the case studies and decide the sentence for each of the offenders before comparing their sentences with that of the actual judge. Supported by teacher notes.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen
VCE unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2014

Role play

You be the judge: virtual tour

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

You be the judge is a virtual tour that gives students the opportunity to participate in a sentencing hearing. There are four cases to choose from, all based on real-life matters. Students receive information from victims, offenders, prosecutors, defence lawyers and the judge before sentencing the offender. You be the judge: virtual tour is supported by You be the judge VCE and VELS teacher notes, available here.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen
VCE unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making

Published: 2014

Various resources

Mediation

VCE unit 2

Provides an overview of mediation: what it is, who can use it, what disputes can be mediated and the advantages of choosing mediation to resolve disputes.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action

Published: 2014

Consumer Affairs Victoria logo
Various resources

Consumer Affairs Victoria

VCE unit 2

Victoria's consumer affairs regulator. Find information on different areas of consumer law, including housing and accommodation, shopping and cars. You can also find videos on consumer law issues under the resources and education section.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

Published: 2014

Various resources

Victims of crime

VCE unit 1

Provides a good overview of the criminal investigation process. Includes information about different types of crime and going to court. Also includes videos.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law

Published: 2013

Teacher resources
Guides

Police powers

VCE unit 1

Contains information about your rights when dealing with police, and covers topics such as arrest, being held in custody and searches.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law

Published: 2013

Various resources

Environmental law

VCE unit 2

Provides an extensive summary of environmental law in Australia, including a history of environmental law, environmental issues and current environmental legislation.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

Published: 2013

Guides

Victoria's legal system

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

An easy-to-understand introduction to the legal system in Victoria. It explains where laws come from, as well as the role of courts and other legal organisations that make up Victoria's justice system.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law
VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen
VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Constitution and the protection of rights
VCE unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making

Published: 2013

Guides

What do I call the judge?

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

A guide explaining what to call a judge, magistrate or member of a tribunal when you are speaking or writing to them.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action

Published: 2013

Guides

Supreme Court of Victoria

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

An overview of the history, structure and role of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2013

Various resources

Australian contract law

VCE unit 2

Provides a good overview of contract law, including what constitutes a legally binding contract, terminating a contract and remedies for breach of contract.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

Published: 2013

Guides

Your day in court

VCE unit 1

A guide for people going to the Magistrates' Court. It provides a good overview of the minor criminal offences heard in the Magistrates' Court.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom

Published: 2013

Teacher notes

Stories from the inside

VCE unit 1

A documentary about a group of young inmates at Port Phillip Prison, a maximum security prison in Melbourne. Teachers can use this documentary to explore the role of incarceration as a criminal sanction.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law

Published: 2013

Teacher notes

You be the judge: VCE teacher kit

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

This teacher kit contains the materials teachers need to deliver engaging classes on the principles of sentencing. Matched to VCE Legal Studies units 1, 3 and 4, it includes a teacher guide, four case studies and accompanying slides. This teacher kit is supported by the You be the judge: virtual tour.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Law in society
VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: Parliament and the citizen
VCE unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2012

Guides

Juror's handbook

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

The Juror's handbook is a clear introduction to jury service. It contains a succinct explanation of the entire jury process, from the time the summons is received until the verdict in a case is given.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2012

Teacher notes

We the jury VCE teacher notes

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

These teacher notes are designed to be used with the We the jury video. They link to VCE Legal Studies, and provide easy-to-use student activities that explore why we have juries and how they work.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2012

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Guides

About the County Court

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

An overview of the history and current role of the County Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Civil law
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

Role play

Danielle come to judgment

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

A fully scripted hearing designed to help students become familiar with the procedure for conducting a hearing in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

Role play

Dr Grant and his underpants

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

A fully scripted model mediation designed to show students the procedure for the mediation of a dispute. Based on the real case of Grant v Australian Knitting Mills Limited. Also demonstrates the effectiveness of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Criminal law
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

Role play

Death at Blue Hills

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

This partly scripted model criminal trial helps students gain a practical insight into the rules of evidence and procedure of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Criminal Law
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The courtroom
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Criminal cases and civil disputes
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

Lesson plan

Case studies on human rights

VCE unit 3

Five case studies to help students understand what civil liberties and human rights are, and how they are protected under the Constitution. Also includes a sample assessment task.

VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Constitution and the protection of rights

Published: 2011

Guides

Wigs and robes

VCE unit 4

An explanation of the distinctive court dress worn by judges and barristers in Victorian courts.

VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2010

Various resources

Gist of it: the courts

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

In this interview, former Justice of the High Court, The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, discusses the role of the courts in Australia's legal system and explains the difference between common law and statute law.

VCE Unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE Unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE Unit 3, Area of study 3: Role of the courts in law-making
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2009

Resource

We the jury video

VELS
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

Now available online, this 23-minute video filmed in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria gives an overview of jury service, explaining why we have juries and how they work.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom
VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: The civil law in action
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2006

Logo Law for you
Various resources

Wills and estate planning

VCE unit 2

Visit this website for an overview of wills, including what a will is, how to make one and how to cancel or challenge one.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

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