Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising of a Central Sydney office and 23 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW and a number of specialist services and advice clinics. Working at Legal Aid NSW provides the opportunity to support people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people and people with mental illness who may experience difficulties when enforcing and defending their rights.


The Legal Aid NSW Judge Bob Bellear Legal Career Pathways Program offers Cadetships, Professional Legal Placements, Graduate and Traineeship employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

This position is responsible for:

  • Providing high quality advice, minor assistance and casework service to disadvantaged communities
  • Conducting an effective legal practice
  • Complying with the Legal Aid Commission Act, policies and practice management standards and undertake all related administrative and case management activities.


The successful applicant will be a bright, hardworking law graduate who is about to embark on their Practical Legal Training in either our Criminal, Family or Civil Law Divisions. Applicants should indicate their preference in a practice area which will be considered based on availability.


Applications MUST be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.

Please Note: This vacancy is an identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander recruitment under Part 5, clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014. In the pre-screening questions you will need to provide information on how you satisfy the Aboriginality criteria.

Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.

Applicants are requested to attach:

  • current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages)
  • cover letter (maximum 2 pages) responding to the following two questions:
  1. Why do you wish to undertake your Practical Legal Training at Legal Aid NSW?
  2. Explain the skills and attributes you can bring to this role.

The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.

This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future vacancies that may arise over the next 12 months.


Legal Aid NSW welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTI community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities.

Legal Aid NSW provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community. We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities, as such all of our offices are accessible.

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to participate in the recruitment process, or you are looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, please contact our team via email, and advise your preferred method of communication: erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.


Legal Aid NSW considers that being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Applicants for this role must satisfy the Aboriginality criteria. Aboriginality is defined by decent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.

For Aboriginal specific information regarding working at Legal Aid NSW, our Aboriginal network, career development opportunities and support systems please email aboriginalservices@legalaid.nsw.gov.au


  • Professional Legal Placement - Legal Officer Grade I - State-wide - Talent Pool
  • Enquiries: Sheena Cabe on 02 9213 5258 or Sheena.Cabe@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
  • Package up to $80K
  • Jobs Board Ref No. 00006NOX
  • You may apply for this role at any time up to 29 March 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed as vacancy arise. Please ensure that your profile, resume, and cover letter are updated at any given time during this period. You can access and edit your application by accessing your iworkfor NSW profile.