As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide, with 300 staff and 1,200 private practice lawyers helping people overcome their legal challenges in more than 75 communities across the province.
Who You Are
Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situations. You have excellent communication skills, especially in tough situations. You are an expert in criminal law and can advise clients on their rights and legal obligations in that area. You are a quick thinker, able to provide sound advice, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. You have strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as enjoy learning new things and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and have a solid understanding of our organization’s mission and values
Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, some of the key responsibilities include:
Duty Counsel services in youth and adult criminal law, and family law
Assessment services in youth and adult criminal law, and family law
Work in specialty courts including Indigenous Courts or other specialty courts as required.
Duty Counsel services in areas otherwise established by Legal Aid Alberta from time to time
Travel to attend circuit courts as needed
Education and Experience:
Law degree from a recognized law school.
Member or eligible to be an active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta
Some experience appearing in adult and youth criminal law and family law courts
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong interest and understanding of alternative court and restorative justice
Experience acting as duty counsel through Legal Aid certificates is considered an asset
An active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta
Previous experience in JP Bail hearings, Protection Against Family Violence Act, Child Welfare, PChAD, immigration, and/or litigation practice is an asset
Valid active Alberta Driver’s License
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
RRSP with 8% employer contribution
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Employee assistance program
Winter/Christmas closure (paid time off)
How To Apply
Click Apply Now. You can also send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number [LAA-22-50]. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.