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A range of resources is available to support Legal Studies students and teachers.
HSC Legal Studies research guide
The HSC Legal Studies research guide brings together the essential resources for studying Preliminary and HSC Legal Studies into one place. It lists resources that will help you find relevant legislation, cases, journal articles, research papers and media reports that you can use to support your research.
Get a State Library card so you can access the online databases recommended in the research guide.
How laws are made videos
Watch the How laws are made videos to find out how laws are made by Parliament and the courts.
The law governs our lives from the day we are born to the day we die. So where do our laws come from? This video explains how parliaments make law, explaining the process of a Bill to an Act, how legislation changes over time, why the Commonwealth makes some laws and the states others, and delegated legislation such as regulations.
Legislation is a major source of law. Courts are the other source of law. This video explains the court hierarchy, the jurisdiction of courts and tribunals, and how courts can make new law by interpreting legislation, filling gaps in legislation, and developing the common law when there is no legislation.
Watch Burn, a short film for young people about criminal law and group offending. There is also a study guide which explores the film's themes, characters and legal concepts, as well as fact sheets about relevant legal topics.
The Law handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW
Find information on all areas of the law relevant to NSW, including the legal system, Aboriginal people and the law, criminal law, dispute resolution, domestic violence, and drug offences. All 40 chapters of the Law handbook are available online.
Hot Topics is a plain language series about the law, written by legal experts. The following issues are available:
- Domestic violence. Looks at the prevalence of domestic violence and the legal framework that deals with offenders and victims, including AVOs.
- Courts and tribunals. An overview of Australia's court system, federal and state, and how it fits within the legal system.
- Voting and elections. Explains the key features of our electoral laws, who can vote, who can stand for election, and how votes are counted.
- You and your lawyer. Find out about the role of lawyers, how to work with a lawyer, lawyers' duties, ethics, costs and complaints.
- Australian legal system. An overview of the Australian legal system, covering how law is made, what the law deals with and the roles of the legislature, judiciary and executive.
Find Legal Answers pathway to legal information
Choose a topic on the Find Legal Answers website and follow the links to find legal information.
Visit your public library
Visit your public library to access legal material including online databases, for example:
- Gale In Context: Global Issues - find information and commentary on a wide variety of topics.
- Gale OneFile: News - provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers (including Australian publications), and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
- Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints - find information and opposing views about a wide range of topics.
Ask your library – many databases are available from home.