Job Title: Lawyer

Competition # : 38656
Department: Justice
Location: HALIFAX
Type of Employment: Term
Union Status: NSGLA

Closing Date: 4/26/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Legal Services Division is the government’s law firm, providing a full range of legal advice and services to support government operations and help government achieve its corporate priorities. With a staff of more than 150 lawyers, paralegals, researchers and administrative professionals, the Division is one of the largest law offices in the province.

We are skilled in administrative law, negotiation and drafting of agreements, commercial transactions, corporate governance, property transactions, the development of legislation and regulations to implement the public policy goals of government, support in employment and labour matters, and day to day advice on routine legal matters.

We represent government in all legal proceedings, except prosecutions. This includes formal litigation on behalf of the Crown before all levels of courts in the Province, the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Typical cases brought before these courts include judicial review applications, statutory appeals, contractual disputes, constitutional issues, class actions, child and adult protection proceedings, and other claims made by or against government.

We also represent government before administrative bodies and tribunals, and in arbitrations and mediations. We assist government departments and agencies navigate the procedural and substantive aspects of these proceedings and help them resolve disputes.

As well we are home to the Registry of Regulations, which is responsible for filing, consolidating and publishing Nova Scotia regulations. For more information on the Department of Justice Legal Services please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity

We are recruiting for a Lawyer for one of our Solicitor Services teams. The solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and to ensure that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law.

In this role, you will provide legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials with respect to commercial transactions with an emphasis on information technology. You will conduct research, prepare and review legal documents, and draft and interpret contracts, legislation and regulations.

Qualifications and Experience

As our successful candidate you will:

Be a practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for practicing membership)
Have a minimum of 3 years of law practice experience.

Your experience advising government departments or agencies would be considered an asset in this role, as would practice experience in one or more of the following areas:

Corporate commercial
Real property law
Legislative drafting

As our successful candidate, you will possess excellent research, analytical and organizational skills. You will communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment. You have demonstrated abilities to respond to client needs for quality legal services, to anticipate problems and to work effectively with your clients toward resolutions. You are effective in demanding circumstances, you offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.

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


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.

Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 1, 2024. The appointment status (‘term’ or ‘temporary’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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.
Countless career paths.
Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade: MCL 20 – MCL 26
Salary Range: $2,895.54 – $5,550.79 Bi-Weekly

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

This is an Association position initially restricted to current Nova Scotia Government Lawyers Association employees. In accordance with the Agreement with the Nova Scotia Government Lawyers Association, the order of consideration will be eligible internal applicants and then external applicants. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected].

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 04/26/2023