VGSO offers solicitors an excellent opportunity to work across a diverse range of challenging and thought-provoking advice and litigation matters.
These include, but not limited to, merits and judicial reviews in Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), the Supreme Court and High Court; government procurement; coronial inquests; prosecutions in the Magistrate’s Court; and exclusive advice on constitutional law and Charter of Human Rights issues. Many of the matters in which we advise and represent government are high-profile and attract public attention and comment.You will be constantly challenged and called upon to use the full range of your legal abilities, negotiation skills and litigation strategy, with an emphasis on professional development.
You'll join a firm that's going places
In 2007 the VGSO employed just under 60 lawyers. Today we employ approximately 140 lawyers, our practice areas have grown and we are located across four premises in the CBD.
VGSO has what you are looking for in a law firm
- The work is diverse and thought-provoking
- Work with high calibre colleagues who are passionate about what they do
- Be part of a collegiate workplace where knowledge sharing is valued
- Manage your own legal files with an emphasis on independent legal thinking
- Learn about the workings of government and its departments and agencies
- Flexible working to suit your life beyond the office
- Make a difference – public law is more than the bottom line
If you join the VGSO, you will be given a great deal of autonomy and responsibility and you will enjoy direct client contact where you are responsible for building client relationships. Our Trainees often comment on the high degree of client contact they obtain from day one, unlike many private law firms. For more senior lawyers, there is a great sense of contribution to fascinating areas of public interest. This builds a career path that is rewarding and intellectually satisfying.
Over the last few years, the VGSO has been involved with news-breaking matters related to every Victorian, including the Bushfire Royal Commission, Inquiry into the Hazelwood Mine Fire, constitutional issues, freedom of information work, native title and developing the Charter of Human Rights.
Join a socially responsible team
In a partnership with Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria, the VGSO will offer Indigenous graduates at least one Traineeship position every two years.
We view this as a positive way of making a difference to Indigenous legal education and Indigenous paralegals have already had placements with us.
We are also committed to pro bono work. Opportunities for secondment exist at the Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre and Inner Melbourne Community Legal, providing our lawyers with the chance to give back to the community.
An Environmental Initiatives Fund supports the Department of Justice & Regulation's ongoing commitment to sustainability. As VGSO is part of the Department of Justice & Regulation, you can get involved in identifying and implementing projects which will reduce the Department’s environmental footprint for the future.