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Solicitor, Grade 1 - Criminal Law

Canberra  |  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 graduate Lawyer with interest in criminal law and initial experience in court attendance, running lists, applications and hearings.


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 purpose of this role is to undertake criminal appearance work as directed, covering matters within the ACT Magistrates Court and Children’s Court.

The primary work for this role will be undertaking duty bail, Galambany Circle sentencing and list work in the ACT Magistrates Court. 


Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees
  • Legal qualifications and a current ACT Practising Certificate (or be able to obtain one immediately)
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the criminal law, including practice and procedure
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples
  • Capacity and motivation to provide quality legal representation to Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work autonomously and manage a diverse workload
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Desirable: A minimum of 6 months experience working in Criminal Law
  • Desirable: Experience in running lists, bail applications and sentence hearings
  • Desirable: Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person

How to apply


Applications for this position close at COB Monday 7 August 2023.


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