Nova Scotia Supreme Court Law Clerk (1 position)

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The Nova Scotia Supreme Court Clerkship Program

Applications are invited for the position of Law Clerk to the Judges of the NSSC.

Place of Work: The Law Courts, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Period of Employment: One year - commencement date: August 1, 2015

Salary and Benefits: For a candidate who is admitted as a member of the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada: $61,163.70 per annum. For a law graduate not yet admitted as a member of the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada: $36,000.00 per annum. Except as provided by agreement or by the Labour Standards Code of Nova Scotia or other applicable legislation, law clerks are not entitled to any benefits and do not come within the Civil Service Act or other legislation relating to persons in the public service. Holidays – 15 days per annum

Law Clerk duties:

  • To provide legal assistance to the Court on a variety of legal subjects, including preparation of research memoranda review of files, both pre and post hearing, and preliminary briefing on points of law assisting the Chambers judge and reviewing files preparatory to Chambers sessions, including research as may be required by the Chambers judge participating in office meetings and discussions with the justices, both individually and in groups, as determined by the justices involvement in the organization and coordination of special study projects on certain points of law assisting in the preparation of materials for judges’ seminars and related issues.
  • To provide administrative assistance to the Court, including managing the database of court decisions, on a relief basis supervising work of part-time student clerks back up to manager of publications in release of decisions

Qualifications: All applicants must have graduated from a recognized law school of Canada. Preference will be given to candidates who are admitted as members of the Bar of a Province or Territory of Canada. However, all interested graduates are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must forward: curriculum vitae, official transcript of marks, original letters of references from three people

Ability to read and work in French is not essential but is considered an asset.

Articling: If a candidate for a Law Clerk position is not already admitted as a member of the Bar of a Province or Territory of Canada, the clerkship may count for a portion of the candidate’s articling requirements, depending on the Province or Territory in which he or she wishes to be called. For more information on articling requirements, the candidate should contact the law society of the Province or Territory in which he or she intends to be called.

Deadline for Applications: Persons who are interested in applying for the position should submit their applications no later than Friday, March 27, 2015 to the address below.

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dawn Marie Lewis
Judicial Assistant
Nova Scotia Supreme Court The Law Courts
1815 Upper Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia   B3J 1S7

Direct Line: 902.424.2305; email:

Expiry Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Expiry Date: 
Friday, March 27, 2015