Graduate Lawyer

As the primary source of legal services to the Victorian State Government and its statutory authorities, the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and are looking for legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Graduate
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2798A
Closing Date: 27-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $49,216 - $63,201
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: PD - Graduate Lawyer, VGSO.doc (Word, 280KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Abby McDonald
03 9032 3052

Position Details

About the VGSO

With the VGSO's important role in providing authoritative advice and legal services to government, our Traineeship Program offers you a unique foundation for a rewarding career in both government and private practice. The VGSO is often involved in news-breaking matters relevant to every Victorian, including the Family Violence Royal Commission, constitutional challenges, freedom of information, native title and the Charter of Human Rights. The Traineeship Program will allow you to build a strong career path that is rewarding, thought-provoking and intellectually satisfying. Our program will commence in March, 2018.


Why Choose the VGSO?

The role of a Trainee Lawyer with the VGSO is wonderfully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As a Trainee Lawyer, you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system, with three-month rotations through four of our five legal Branches: Government & Public Law; Commercial, Property & Technology; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Police and Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety.


What We Look For

The VGSO places great emphasis on our core values:

  • Responsiveness
  • Insight
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence

During the recruitment process we look for candidates who can demonstrate these values, are interested in and committed to working in government, appreciate the importance of client responsiveness, demonstrate the requirements of acting as a model litigant, are friendly and take pride in their work.

We select candidates who are in their final year of study, are motivated, demonstrate initiative and good interpersonal skills, have strong academic results in a legal qualification, with lives that are balanced with varied interests.


Supportive Environment

The VGSO operates in an open-door environment where knowledge is shared in a supportive and collegiate manner. You can also expect regular feedback to assist you in the development of your skills, confidence and ability.


Continuing Professional Development

We encourage all our legal practitioners to participate in learning and development activities to further enhance their skills and expertise. The VGSO's Learning & Development Program is tailor-made for individual careers and allows for learning on the job through numerous hands on experiences such as:

  • opportunities to attend courts and/or tribunals, draft complex advices, further develop research skills and become involved in significant agreement negotiations;
  • practical involvement with specialised areas of law; and
  • access to a range of expertise from our senior lawyers by participating in our Mentor Program.

At the successful completion of the VGSO's Traineeship Program, the Trainee Lawyers will be admitted to practice as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Please note candidates who are admitted or eligible for admission will not be considered for a traineeship position.


How to apply

Please click 'apply now' to submit an online application.  

Your application should include:

• a cover letter that details why you want to work at the VGSO and why you think you would be suited to being a government lawyer;

• a complete curriculum vitae, including details of your work experience, community involvement and other interests; and

• a copy of your most relevant academic transcript(s) (unofficial copy accepted)


As per the LIV guidelines, applications close 11:59pm Sunday , 27 August 2017


You can read more about working at the VGSO on our website For further information about the role, please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on 03 9032 3052 or

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