Legal graduate placement applications open

Department of the Attorney General

An opportunity exists for public sector officers who have completed a law degree—or are in the process of doing so—to apply for a legal graduate placement at the State Solicitor’s Office (SSO).

SSO will host two or three placements, for up to 75 days each year. Candidates will undertake admission to the College of Law program, and for that purpose require a placement of 75 days to qualify for admission as a practitioner. 

Placements will be timed so as not to interfere with SSO’s core recruitment periods for summer and winter vacation clerks (from March to June and August to November). Candidates must be fully supported (full-time equivalent and cost) by the host agency and be cost-free to SSO.

Candidates will be required to go through the same assessment procedure as SSO’s vacation clerks, with some modifications, taking into account the:

  • reasons for undertaking the training and subsequent placement, and whether the candidate is likely to remain with the public sector in the medium to long-term
  • level of support from the agency for the candidate’s legal career
  • ability for SSO relationship building with the host agency in relation to the provision of legal services by or through SSO.

Importantly, the State Solicitor notes that a placement does not imply prospect of ongoing candidate employment at SSO. It does, however, provide a limited number (two or three) of public sector officers with a unique opportunity to gain essential work experience required for individuals to qualify as a legal practitioner.

Agencies are encouraged to promote this opportunity to their staff.

Applications

SSO will be accepting applications for the 2017/18 financial year during January 2017.

Applications are to be directed to Ms Jenette Schoch, Recruitment Coordinator at SSO, accompanied by:

  • a letter of support from the sponsoring agency’s chief executive officer
  • a brief statement by the candidate outlining their interest in undertaking a career in public sector law
  • an academic transcript and curriculum vitae
  • the names and contact details of at least two professional referees.

All queries regarding this scheme are to be directed to Ms Jenette Schoch on (08) 9264-1005 or via J.Schoch@sso.wa.gov.au