Solicitor (Intake - 1)

  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jun 04, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Competition # : 25864

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Legal - NSPG

Closing Date: 5/26/2020

Employment Equity Designation


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as an Indigenous Person and/or an African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Person.


About Us


The Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice is the government’s law office, responsible for the provision of all legal services (excluding prosecutions) to the Province of Nova Scotia. The lawyers in the Legal Services Division provide legal advice and services on a broad range of matters to the Government and many of its agencies, boards and commissions. The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations.


About Our Opportunity


The solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and to ensure that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law. Responsibilities include: providing legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials; conducting research; preparation and review of legal documents; and drafting and interpretation of legislation and regulations. Excellent research, analytical and organizational skills are required, along with the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and the ability to function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment. Proven ability to respond to client needs for quality legal services and the demonstrated ability to be effective in demanding circumstances is also required, as is the ability to anticipate problems and work effectively with the client towards a resolution. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, as well as the flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.


About You


The successful candidate must:

  • be a practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for membership)
  • have experience or knowledge in the following areas: administrative law, contract law, constitutional law


The following would be considered assets:

    • experience or knowledge in one or more of the following areas: family law, human rights, international law, enforcement of civil judgments, legislative drafting and interpretation
    • experience advising government departments or agencies


Other Considerations


This is a two-year term entry level employment opportunity for those with less than 3 years related experience.


Pay Grade: MCL 15 - MCL 20

Salary Range: $2,487.73 - $3,710.64 Bi-Weekly



Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to

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