Careers at the Legal Services Commission
A career with the Legal Services Commission in South Australia gives you an opportunity to play a role in providing the community with access to quality legal services.
The Commission provides legal representation in criminal and family law matters, free legal advice and minor assistance on all areas of law at all offices and through the Telephone Legal Help Line.
The Legal Services Commission offers attractive employment conditions including salary packaging, flexible working arrangements within a range of family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development.
Our people are valued and respected. We encourage and recognise individual and team effort, innovation and creativity in our activities. The Legal Services Commission has over 200 staff spread throughout the state with offices in the Adelaide, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Elizabeth, Mount Barker, Port Adelaide and Noarlunga.
Most positions are for lawyers and paralegals but we also employ a full range of administrative personnel. The majority of employees are located in our Adelaide office with opportunities to work in areas such as our criminal, family, child support and advice sections.
Legal positions at the Commission are advertised in the “The Advertiser” newspaper or recruited through the SA Public Sector IWORK FOR SA website.
Legal aid lawyers require a comprehensive knowledge of the law, excellent communication skills and an ability to deal with people from diverse backgrounds. Duty Solicitor positions in the Criminal Law Section are usually advertised in November each year for 12 month contracts. Positions in the Family Law Section and Access Services (legal advice and education) are advertised when vacancies arise. Applications for positions are very competitive, usually with large numbers of applicants for entry level positions.
We prefer applicants with relevant work experience and we recommend volunteer work (especially at a community legal centre or at JusticeNet SA) to gain relevant experience and increase employability. The Commission does not normally accept volunteers but takes Practical Legal Training students in arrangement with Flinders University Law School or the Law Society of South Australia (for University of Adelaide students). We also operate a Summer Clerk Program for law students. We are currently updating our page with details of the Summer Clerk Program for 2019.
Special Recruitment Programs
In addition, entry into South Australian Public Sector may be gained through a specific recruitment program for people with disabilities.
The Strategy for the Employment of People with Disabilities in the South Australian Public Sector aims to identify and place eligible people with a permanent disability, who are considered to have an employment restriction due to their disability, in South Australian public sector agencies, including Justice agencies. For inquiries, please contact the Disability Recruitment Coordination Service on (08) 8326 6511 or the Office for the Commissioner for Public Employment on (08) 8226 2196.