Duty Counsel Lawyers


Competition Number: LAA-21-35

Job Type: Full-Time, Temporary

Location: Calgary, AB

Posting: External

Competition Ends: July 30, 2021

Who We Are

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide 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 we’re looking for  

Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You have excellent communication skills especially in tough situations. You’re computer-savvy and more organized than anyone you know. Fast-paced work environments give you a rush and you’re always up for a challenge. You love learning new things, solving problems, and can adapt to change quickly.  You care deeply about the success of our team and our organization. Helping people is your raison d’etre.

Job Description

We are hiring two Duty Counsel lawyers to join our team.

As a Duty Counsel Lawyer, you will help drive the future of our organization. You share our values and passion, supporting our mission to help Alberta’s most disadvantaged.

Perks of working with us 

  • Competitive wage
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Paid holidays
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Work from home opportunities

What you’ll be doing

Reporting to the Legal Services Manager, some of the key responsibilities of the Duty Counsel Lawyers are to:

  • Duty Counsel services in youth and adult Criminal law.
  • Assessment services in youth and adult criminal law.
  • As duty Counsel in areas otherwise established by Legal Aid Alberta from time to time.


Education and Experience

  • Law degree from a recognized law school.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience practicing adult and youth criminal law.
  • Experience acting as duty counsel through Legal Aid certificates is considered an asset.
  • Active member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta.
  • Previous experience in youth criminal defense, JP Bail hearings, Protection Against Family Violence Act, Child Welfare, PChAD, family, immigration and/or litigation practice is an asset.

Security clearance is required.

How To Apply

Send  your resume and cover letter to[email protected]Reference posting number LAA-21-35.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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