Graduate Solicitors, Legal Officers Grade I-III, Various Practice Groups, NSW Crown Solicitor's Office

Salary Classification: Legal Officer Grade I-III - $72,783pa to $86,033pa (Package of up to $95,358pa)
Employment Status: Temporary Full-Time up to 3 years (on successful completion of the graduate rotation program, ongoing employment as a grade I-III solicitor may be available)
Location: Sydney CBD

We are currently recruiting for talented law graduates to join CSO's graduate program for a 2019 mid-year intake commencing in August 2019, as well as a 2020 new-year intake commencing in February 2020.

We are looking for highly motivated law graduates, who share the public sector values of Service, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and who have a record of superior academic achievement. Excellent communication skills with proven research skills are a must, as is the ability to work well in a team. Ideally, we are looking for recent graduates who have less than two years' law experience.

Our program
We offer a two-year program for graduates consisting of four, six-monthly rotations across various legal practice groups that will provide you the opportunity to develop your skills in advice writing, litigation and transactional work. You will be provided with targeted training activities and on-the-job training to ensure that by the end of the program you have the capability levels of a well-rounded and competent solicitor.

We are also targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates in this recruitment under Part 5, clause 26 of the Government Sector Employment Rules 2014. In the pre-screening questions you will need to provide information on how you satisfy the Aboriginality criteria.

About the Graduate Solicitor role
In this role, you will assist senior solicitors in the conduct of legal matters (advice, transaction and/or litigation) within a specialist legal practice group to ensure the provision of high quality, cost effective and client focussed legal services to government.

Essential requirements

  • Completion of a law degree from an accredited law school or completion of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board's Diploma in Law Course;
  • A record of superior academic achievement;
  • Legal knowledge which enables the provision of legal advice and representation in areas of law in which the Crown Solicitor specialises;
  • Willingness to undertake Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check;
  • Willingness to travel for regional or interstate court and other commitments subject to the application of any discrimination legislation (including in respect of carer's responsibilities).

Targeted Questions

  1. Demonstrate your proven track record of superior academic achievement in the areas of law in which the Crown Solicitor practices.
  2. In a demanding legal environment, solicitors are required to manage complex tasks and competing priorities. Please describe an example of when you have had to complete multiple tasks with competing priorities and timeframes? How did you approach this situation? What methods did you use to perform the tasks set for you?

How to apply
Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the key accountabilities and pre-established standards (capability, knowledge and experience) of the role when preparing their CV/resume and cover letter. Applicants must submit:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, which clearly details your capability, knowledge, and experience relevant to this role;
  • A cover letter which addresses the above targeted questions of the role (maximum 2 pages);
  • A copy of your Academic Transcript and qualifications.
  • All documents should be submitted in MS Office 2003-2013 or PDF format. Only applications submitted through 'I Work for NSW' will be considered.

The selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining an applicant's suitability for the role.

August 2019 intake:
Candidates interested in joining CSO's Graduate Program commencing in August 2019 will need to have submitted their online application by no later than 12 July 2019.

February 2020 intake:
Candidates interested in joining CSO's Graduate Program commencing in February 2020 will have until 31 July 2019 to submit their online application.

Closing date:
31 July 2019

Contact for Role Enquiries:
Debra McVicar, HR Business Partner (02) 9224-5000

This recruitment may also be used to create a talent pool to fill ongoing or temporary full-time vacancies of the same role description and classification which might arise over the next 12 months.

The Crown Solicitor's Office values diversity and is a proud employer of a diverse range of people. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all people, where everyone feels valued and supported to reach their full potential. We welcome and encourage applications from all diversity groups, including from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disability. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the CSO team, please indicate this in your application.

Should you encounter any technical problems, please contact I Work for NSW helpdesk 1800 562 679.