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.

Applications for the Graduate Solicitor pool open till 31 May 2022.

Applications for the Paralegal pool open in the first half of 2022.

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 4 weeks (150 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.

August 2022 applications are now open until 8 July 2022 - Apply now

Future placements

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.

Applications open 22 August 2022.

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.

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.

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 2022 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 corporate careers page.