This is just a small selection of the more than 70 wonderful resources provided by a range of dedicated people and educators who are determined to engage legal studies students in the law. All the resources let students experience and understand the law as something relevant, dynamic and important in their day-to- day lives.
You can find all of these and more in the teacher resources section of our website.
- Magna Carta: The story of our freedom: a range of resources created to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission these 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.
- You be the judge: virtual tour: 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 issues. 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.
- Passport to democracy: A resource that aims to develop critical thinking skills in students by prompting them to consider the community issues they care about and how they can engage with the community to achieve positive change.
- Stories from the inside: 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. It is a very powerful and moving film with a great study guide.
- Victoria Law Reform Commission school visits: The commission visits schools, colleges, universities and community groups to explain its work. Year 12 VCE Legal Studies students study the law reform process in Unit 3, 'Law-Making'. A presentation takes around one hour and includes: the role of the commission; one or two case studies of law reform projects; and time for questions. This is a free service and – to book a VLRC presenter to visit complete the Request a Speaker online form.
And don't forget our own Classroom Law Talks program. The program offers rural and regional VCE Legal Studies students the opportunity to visit local courts and meet a judge or magistrate or have a barrister or legal practitioner visit their school. See the Classroom Law Talks page for more information.
For more information on our teacher resources, please contact our Education Manager, Fabiola Superina, on (03) 9604 8100 or email.