Summer Law Student

Summer Law Student

Competition # : 42512

Department: Public Prosecution Service

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Casual

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 19-Apr-24 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) offers a unique and meaningful opportunity to contribute to justice and public safety. Established in 1990 as the first statutorily based independent prosecution service in Canada, the mandate of the PPS is rooted in its commitment to ensuring fair and equal treatment in the prosecution of criminal and provincial statutory offences.

We are looking for talented people who also reflect the rich diversity of our province. We don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity and belonging. We strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcomed and valued. We encourage applications from those that equally value and champion equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA).

More information about the PPS is available here:

About Our Opportunity

As one of two (2) Summer Law Students, you will carry out special projects. You will observe and be involved in the work of the PPS, and you will assist with updating PPS policies.

Primary Accountabilities

You will be accountable for providing effective and efficient legal support to Crown attorneys by conducting research, preparing legal memoranda, assisting in the preparation of Crown submissions to Courts or tribunals, and assisting with victim/witness court preparation. You will be responsible for gathering and analyzing legal and non-legal information, and for drafting policy and procedure statements under lawyer supervision.

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this opportunity you have completed your first or second year of study at a recognized Canadian law school by the anticipated start date, be eligible to work in Canada, and be returning to your university law/J.D. program in the fall of 2024 or next applicable semester. Preference for students who have completed a course(s) in criminal law, constitutional law, evidence law, criminal procedure, or other related course work and/or post-secondary experience, and who are interested in learning about Canadian criminal law practice and procedure.

You have good analytical, organizational, and communication skills and are accurate and efficient, with the ability to multi-task. You work well both in individual settings and in team environments. You demonstrate high ethical standards and are committed to the principle of the rule of law. You have a keen attention to detail and the ability to trouble shoot issues when they arise. You have experience using computer applications (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and similar applications), and excellent writing skills.


Stage 1 – Written application:
Initial application to be submitted, including resume and covering letter, on or before the competition closing date.

Stage 2 – Interviews:
Interviews will be offered to selected applicants.

Working Conditions

Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.

Additional Information

These are two (2) law student positions running from approximately May 6, 2024 to August 30, 2024.

What We Offer

A dynamic and progressive work environment, with some flexibility around your work schedule.

Opportunity to be involved in important projects and initiatives to support the PPS in its service.

Pay Grade: HOURLY

Salary Range: $25.14 – $25.14 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.

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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to

Link to Job Posting:

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 04/19/2024