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Careers in the Crown Solicitor's Office

Positions within the Crown Solicitor's Office (CSO) are advertised on the IWORKFORSA website.

Employment pools

The CSO has two applicant pools for:

  • Graduate Solicitors
  • Paralegals. 

Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified if and when suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pools are valid for 12 months. 

The Graduate Solicitor pool is advertised twice a year over January and July.

Applications for the Graduate Solicitor pool are open until Friday 29 October 2021. Apply now

The Paralegal pool is advertised once a year over April. 

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

Practical Legal Training placements

The CSO offers placements to students wishing to complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) component of their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Placements are offered to up to 6 students 3 times a year, for 6 weeks (225 hours) as per the guidelines set by the Law Society. However, students can request longer or shorter periods depending on their PLT requirements. 

Only students currently undertaking their PLT are eligible for these placements

Applications for February 2022 intake are open until Friday 10 December 2021. Apply now

Future placements

May 2022 - applications will open in December 2021.

August 2022 - applications will open in April 2022.

Summer clerkships

The CSO Summer Clerkship program offers law students completing their final years of study an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government environment and undertake work within a legal practice.

About the clerkship program
Each year, 5 to 7 placements are offered to law students who are high achievers, with good interpersonal skills, relevant legal work experience and relevant references. 

Placements are highly sought after and extremely competitive. 

Summer clerkships are offered for 8 weeks each year from late November to mid-January, with mandatory unpaid leave over the Christmas period. 

The clerkships finish in time for students to attend the first practical legal training program offered by the Law Society.
What will I learn? 
The program covers a range of legal and non-legal topics including: 
  • an introduction to CSO
  • training in drafting and legal research
  • information sessions 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. 

Applications are currently closed. 

Rotational Clerks

The Rotational Clerk program involves performing legal work under the direction of a CSO solicitor. 

This includes: 

  • assisting with legal research
  • preparing draft correspondence
  • performing administrative tasks (filing, copying, scanning)
  • analysing and summarising documents
  • fact checking
  • assisting practitioners prepare and run trials. 

Rotational Clerk positions are offered for a period of 12 months, consisting of two 6 month rotations through two areas of practice in the CSO. 

Applications for 2021 are now closed. 

Indigenous Cadetship Program

Find out more about the Indigenous Cadetship program and other opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the AGD Careers page.

Contact the Crown Solicitor's Office

Email: CSO-BusinessServices [at] sa.gov.au  

Phone: 8207 1720 

GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA  5001 

Level 15, 10 Franklin Street 

Adelaide, SA  5000