Staff Lawyer Position – Amherst




Available Position: 12-month Contract
Location: Amherst – 55 Church Street
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy – Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Who we are:
Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family, and social justice law.

NSLAC employs Staff Lawyers in 23 offices throughout the Province. Staff Lawyers help thousands of clients every year and spend a majority of their time in court. They are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.  Staff Lawyers have litigated many important cases to protect the rights of individuals.

Primary Functions:
The Staff Lawyer will provide advice and legal representation on a broad range of legal matters primarily before the Nova Scotia Provincial Court, the Supreme Court Family Division, and the Supreme Court General Division. The lawyer will give legal opinions, file legal documents, attend court proceedings, participate in mediation sessions, and offer useful advice to clients. The successful candidate may be expected to participate in community legal education initiatives in the areas of criminal, family, and social justice law.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience practicing in the areas of criminal law (including show cause hearings), family law (including child protection), and social justice law;
  • Ability to manage a high caseload and work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Superior legal research and writing skills;
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem-solve, and work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively;
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate, and persuasion techniques;
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures;
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies, including experience and proficiency with computer software packages (MS Word and Outlook or equivalents).
  • Superior time management skills and the ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk, and advise clients;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively;
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures;
  • Must have a valid driver’s licence.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society) or can be a practicing member in good standing by June 2021.

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees, and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we would like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and location and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.