Nova Scotia Department of Justice Solicitor

Job Title: Nova Scotia Department of Justice Solicitor (EOI Close Date: 02/21/2024)

Competition # : 41784
Department: Justice
Location: HALIFAX
Type of Employment: Term
Union Status: NSGLA
Closing Date: 2/28/2024 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

This is an opportunity to join the government’s law firm – the Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice. Legal Services lawyers advise and represent the provincial government on the most pressing legal and public policy issues of the day.

We are the legal counsel for the Government of Nova Scotia, Crown corporations, agencies, boards, and commissions. We help ensure that public affairs are administered effectively, efficiently and in accordance with the law.

This opportunity is for a position on our Solicitor Services team, which comprises over 45 lawyers.

For more information on the Department of Justice Legal Services please visit our website:

Primary Accountabilities

– Advising Ministers, Deputy/Associate Deputy Ministers, Executive Directors, and other senior government leaders on matters involving law, negotiation, strategy, and public policy;
– Drafting and interpreting statutes and regulations;
– Drafting and interpreting contracts;
– Assisting with submissions to Cabinet;
– Presenting information about government and law to the public generally or as part of a consultation process for public policy development; and
– Serving on project teams with senior and intermediate staff of client departments.

Qualifications and Experience

As our successful candidate, you will:
– Be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership), in good standing; and
– Have a minimum of 3 years of legal experience at the bar.

The following are assets, but not required:
– Experience advising government departments, Crown corporations, agencies, boards, and commissions and other public sector entities; and
– Experience with commercial transactions.

Our successful candidate will have excellent research, analytical, and organizational skills. You communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and have the ability to function with minimal supervision in a team environment. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges and have the flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

Physical effort includes:
– Sitting at a computer for long periods of time
Sensory attention includes:
– Ability to review voluminous written material, to write, to think conceptually and to think strategically
– Mental focus is required for long periods of time and very good memory is required
– Ability to handle adversarial and hostile people in ways that de-escalate and build insights with others in frequently required.
Mental pressure includes:
– Ability to handle pressure situations, multiple deadlines and many competing demands.
– Long periods of concentration are required at hearings and writing briefs
– Must handle hostile situations in a way that allows one to glean the relevant information but not engage it personally and not react to it negatively.

May be required to work overtime on occasion

Additional Information

This is a term employment opportunity based in Halifax with an anticipated end date of February 28, 2026.

What We Offer

– Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
– Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
– Mentoring and collaborative team environment.
– Ability to participate in Earned Days Off (1 day off every 3 weeks).
– Flexible working arrangements (up to 2 days of remote work per week).
– Countless career paths within the Legal Services Division and other areas of Government.

Pay Grade: LAW 01 – LAW 03
Salary Range: $3,281.34 – $6,054.01 Bi-Weekly

Link to Job Posting:

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 02/28/2024