Staff Lawyer

Department/Unit: Legal Aid Program
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number: S039-24
Position Type: Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable): Two (2) years
Employment Type: Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE): 1.0 FTE
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About Dalhousie University:
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary:
Dalhousie Legal Aid was the first legal service for low income communities in Nova Scotia and is the oldest clinical law program in Canada. It is also the only community law clinic in Nova Scotia. The Clinic is a unique partnership of community groups, law students, community legal workers and lawyers working together and is operated by the Schulich School of Law. Dalhousie Legal Aid Service’s community-based office is located in a north-central neighborhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Reporting to the Executive Director, Legal Aid Program, the Staff Lawyer will offer individual representation to clients and will be responsible for case management and advocacy in the areas of family law, child protection, youth criminal, and social justice/administrative law.

Key Responsibilities:
Representing clients in youth criminal, family, and child protection files.
Work closely with the various communities locally, regionally and nationally on various files and initiatives.
Demonstrate duties to mentor and supervise senior law students in case preparation and presentation in the named areas of law.
Participate in the evaluation of student performance and provide direction to students.

Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.

Required Qualifications:
Practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, or eligible for admission in a short time frame, with at least three years’ experience (or equivalent combination of education and training/experience).
Family law, youth criminal experience.

A solid track record of advocacy work and knowledge of anti-oppressive practice.
Familiarity with administrative law.
A broad perspective on the role of a community law office working in the context of a low income community.
Experience teaching/mentoring.

Application Consideration:
Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement:
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 03/04/2024