Legal Thinking Years 7-10

UNIFY Series Yers 7-10

Course Information

At the heart of the common law system of Australia rests the concept of precedent.

Legal Thinking students build on the analytical and evaluative skills introduced in Critical Thinking to examine precedent as a form of inductive reasoning. This challenges students to not only judge the applicability of precedent in particular scenarios, but also to create and connect complex ideas themselves using analogy.

Target Group

Selection criteria are subjective - teacher judgement and student interest in the topic should assist selection.

Students are able to progress to Legal Thinking after completing Critical Thinking. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to apply their critical thinking skills to new situations.



Lesson Overview

1Introduction to Legal Thinking.
2Key Thinking Concepts and ideas, introduction to eLearn activities.
3What are laws? Why do we have laws? Who makes laws?
4Public law v Private law.
5Precedent and Analogy.
6Criminal Law and Sentencing.
7Civil Law, Torts and Precedent.
8Legal Submissions.
9Appeals and Analogous Thinking.
11Mooting a submission.
12​Thinking & Reflecting.

Assessment and Reporting


A pre-assessment provides diagnostic data and identifies starting points, and a post-assessment measures distance travelled.

Both tests require students to plan and write an argument on demand in response to a stimulus.

Schools are provided with a report containing pre- and post-test results, attendance data and survey feedback as well as qualitative report card comments for inclusion as an OLA.

Last updated 01 December 2017
Last updated 01 December 2017