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Solicitor, Graduate to Grade 1-2 (Criminal Law)

Coffs Harbour  |  Full-time  |  Permanent

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to provide high quality and culturally appropriate legal advice and representation to Aboriginal clients and assisting them in resolving their legal problems and undertaking Court responsibilities. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a Lawyer with a couple of years experience in criminal law including appearance work and client advocacy.   Recent graduates may be considered within the candidate pool.


About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.


About the role

The primary responsibility of the Solicitor, Grade 1-2 (Criminal Law Practice) is to undertake Criminal Appearance work as directed, covering matters within Local Courts, Children’s Courts, District Court and/or Court Circuit (requiring travel) specifically including List Work, Sentence Matters, Bail Applications and Defended Hearings.

The position holder will be required to prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in criminal matters, prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel as directed.

Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Legal qualifications and a current NSW Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately) as well as demonstrated up-to-date knowledge of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work autonomously and manage a diverse workload
  • A willingness and ability to travel to ALS’ various offices


  • A minimum of 6 months experience working in Criminal Law
  • Experience conducting Local Courts, Children’s Courts, District Court and/or Court Circuit (requiring travel)

How to apply


Applications for this position close on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

Prior applicants: Anyone currently on the ALS Criminal Law 2022 e-list will not need to submit a complete application, as your application will be considered.

Simply send an email to the Hiring Manager indicating your interest in this role.



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