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Solicitor (Graduate - Grade 1)

Tamworth  |  Full-time  |  Permanent

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to build and apply your Criminal Law knowledge. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a recent Graduate or early career Solicitor seeking to develop their skills in Criminal Law.


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 Solictor, Criminal Law will be responsible to: 

  • Undertake Criminal Appearance work as directed, covering matters within Local Courts, Children’s Courts, District Court and/or Court Circuit (requiring travel).   Specific activities include List Work, Sentence Matters, Bail Applications and Defended Hearings.
  • Research, prepare and provide representation for Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel.

The position reports directly to their respective Intermediate Solicitor and Cluster Manager/Managing Solicitor.

Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people with respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices 
  • 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

How to apply

Applications for this position close on Thursday 22 September 2022.

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