•  Suitable for students in their final year of legal academic studies
  •  12 month program with exposure to multiple practice areas
  •  Involvement in diverse public interest matters
  •  Take on responsibility and direct client contact
  •  Enjoy a work/life balance
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.

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. Our program will commence in March, 2018.

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 and are interested 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 www.vgso.vic.gov.au. For further information about the role, please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on 03 9032 3052 or ua.vog.civ.osgv4fd5aadb85a00525415e3733cb96ed68@4fd5aadb85a00525415e3733cb96ed68dlanodcm.ybba