NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION ARTICLED CLERK POSITIONS 2024-25, 2025-26

Who are we:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged. NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

Positions Available:

This posting is for the following:

• One (1) Articled Clerk position is available for the period from June 1, 2024, to May 31, 2025. This position is designated for a graduate of the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative (IB&M Initiative) at the Schulich School of Law. However, we also welcome applications from all individuals belonging to underserved and underrepresented groups, such as African Nova Scotian or Black, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, Racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, and Women. These applications will be considered if a successful candidate is not found within the IB&M Initiative.

• Three (3) Articled Clerk positions are open for the period from June 1, 2025, to May 31, 2026, with one of these positions designated for a graduate of the IB&M Initiative.

Closing Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Primary Functions:

Reporting to the Principal Lawyer and under the direction of staff lawyers, Articled Clerks will perform duties in accordance with the work plan prepared with your appointed Principal, as per the guidelines outlined by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS). Articled Clerks will gain knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) and provide assistance to lawyers working on behalf of our clients. Additionally, Articled Clerks may do short rotations, in consultation with the Principal Lawyer, in other law offices to experience areas of law not offered by the NSLAC.

Benefits:

• Annual salary of $45,063.00*
* These rates are for 2023. They may change for 2024/2025 and 2025/2026.
• Paid enrollment fees as an Articled Clerk
• Paid enrollment fees in the the Practice Readiness Education Program (PREP), including materials
• Paid fees for Application for Admission to the NSBS
• Paid cost of the Admission Dinner
• Blue Cross Medical/Dental Plan (provided length of contract meets our minimum standard of one year)
• 3 weeks paid vacation per year
• General Illness leave (you will be entitled to a maximum of 126 hours per year as per our policy. You may also use the general illness bank for medical and dental appointments if required)
• Mileage and other expenses paid while on NSLAC business
• 12 ½ paid statutory and other holidays per year

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Nova Scotia Legal Aid has an Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from all individuals belonging to underserved and underrepresented groups, such as African Nova Scotian or Black, Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, Racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, and Women. If you are a member of one of these underserved and underrepresented groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your application.

At NSLAC, we recognize the value of lived experience and understand that academic performance isn’t the only indicator of future success. If you believe that your non-academic challenges and achievements make you an ideal candidate, please tell us about them.

If you want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we would like to hear from you.

NSLA is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, NSLA will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If accommodation is needed, please let us know when we call you for an interview.

Please send your resume, cover letter, and law school transcript to [email protected]. Please indicate Position Title and Articling Period in the email subject line.

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Link to Job Posting:

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 01/16/2024