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CSO employment

Employment and training with the Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO).


General vacancies

CSO is required to fill all positions through a merit-based selection process.

Paid positions are advertised on the government's IWORKFORSA website. Positions may also be advertised through online recruitment websites or the Saturday edition of the Advertiser newspaper. 

Graduate pool

Applications are currently closed

CSO has established a graduate LEC1 solicitor pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for at least 12 months.

To be notified when applications for the pool are open, register for 'job alerts' on the IWORKFORSA.

Paralegal pool

Applications are currently closed

CSO has established a paralegal pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications are valid for 12 months.

To be notified when applications for the pool are open, register for 'job alerts' on the IWORKFORSA.

Practical legal training

CSO offers placements to students wishing to complete the practical legal training (PLT) component of their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) of their professional qualifications. Placements are offered to approximately 6 students 3 times per year, for a period of 6 weeks (225 hours) in accordance with the guidelines set by the Law Society.

Only students currently undertaking their PLT/GDLP are eligible. 

Applications for 2019 are now open

Potential applicants are advised that the dates available for 2019 are:

  • 25 February 2019 to 5 April 2019
  • 13 May 2019 to 21 June 2019
  • 19 August 2019 to 27 September 2019

Dates may differ slightly due to public holidays. 

We take rolling applications and encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Once the PLT allocation has been met we will no longer accept applications.

The 2019 intake closes on 30 June 2019, if allocations have not been exhausted sooner.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at CSO-BusinessServices [at] sa.gov.au.

Thank you for your interest in gaining experience within the Crown Solicitor's Office.

Summer clerkships

Program objectives

The CSO Summer Clerkship program offers law students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government environment, and undertake work within a legal practice.


Students completing their final years of study are invited to apply for a summer clerkship. CSO is interested in students who are high achievers in both their academic and personal lives, with good interpersonal skills, relevant legal work experience and relevant references.

About the program

The CSO Summer Clerkship program offers selected students the opportunity to take part in a structured program, including training and development sessions covering a range of legal and non-legal topics:

  • introduction to CSO
  • tour of the Attorney General's Department library, and training in the use of online facilities
  • training in drafting and legal research
  • information session on the practice management system
  • file and matter management
  • assisting in client matters, under supervision.

Students offered clerkships will be paid for the full 8 weeks. Each summer clerk is allocated to a section within CSO, or outposted to various government agencies.


Summer clerkships are offered for a period of 8 weeks each year, typically commencing in late November to early/mid-December. Summer clerkships conclude in time for students to attend the first practical legal training program offered by the Law Society.


Each year 5-7 placements are offered to law students. Placements are highly sought after and extremely competitive.


Applications for summer clerkships close on 30 April of each year. Interviews will be conducted by June, with all offers being completed by the end of July.

Applications are now closed.  


All enquiries should be directed to the Business Services section, phone (08) 8463 6554 or email CSO-BusinessServices [at] sa.gov.au.