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Solicitor, Grade 1

Newcastle  |  Full-time  |  Permanent 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your advocacy skills and build your cultural knowledge supporting our clients. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a graduate Criminal lawyer with six months Court appearance experience.


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, Criminal Law Practice is to undertake Criminal Appearance work as directed, covering matters within the Children’s Court, Local Courts, District  Court and/or Court Circuit (requiring travel).

The criminal appearance work will involve the undertaking specific activities 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

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate the following:

  • 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, and particularly children
  • 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
  • Desirable: A minimum of 6 months experience working in criminal law
  • Desirable: Experience conducting criminal proceedings in the Children’s Court, Local Court, District Court and/or Court Circuit (requiring travel)

How to apply


Applications for this position close extended to Sunday 25 June 2023.


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