Legal Studies unit standards

In progress

Review of Legal Studies - Unit Standards 27835-27852

In April 2022 NZQA Qualifications Services (QS) will be reviewing 18 graded (Achieved, Merit, Excellence) Legal Studies unit standards listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS).

Review panel

The review panel will be led by leading subject-expert teachers and NZQA moderators.

Individually each panellist will:

  • have historical knowledge of the concepts, principles, and processes that provide the bi-cultural foundations for our legal system
  • have direct experience with the design, development, and delivery of Legal Studies unit standards
  • be representatives of their community of practice.

The review panel will meet in Hamilton during the Easter school holidays to review the standards and decide whether/how they need to be amended so that they continue to meet identified needs.

Email network

NQS invites expressions of interest in participating in the review as part of the supporting email network.

Members of the email network will receive regular updates between meetings with opportunities to contribute feedback, opinions, and ideas. We are happy to add people to the email network at any time. If you wish to be included in the email network, please send your request to


Any feedback or interpretation issues with the unit standards that might inform the review panel can be forwarded to

Resources and links

Completed reviews

May 2021 - Revision of Legal Studies unit standard 10347

Details are available in the May 2021 Review of Legal Studies unit standards 10347 change report.

Main changes

Unit standard 10347 was replaced by a new 4 credit single-outcome standard with graded achievement criteria, Unit 32360Evaluate key concepts of New Zealand’s legal system from pre-European practices to current practices.

Unit standard 10347 will expire at the end of December 2022.

October 2020 - Revision of Legal Studies unit standards

Details are available in the October 2020 review of Legal Studies unit standards change report.

Main changes

  • Relevant legislation, references, terminology and guidance information were updated across the standards to ensure they are current.
  • Range items were amended across the set to ensure they are current.
  • The titles for unit standards 8551, 8552 and 8555 were amended.

Contact for reviews

For more information and/or comments regarding these unit standards, please email:

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