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Competition # : 34108 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSLGA

Closing Date: 1/26/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


About Us


The Department of Justice, Legal Services Division is the law firm for the Province of Nova Scotia. Justice lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of legal issues, providing legal services to the Crown and promoting the fair and lawful administration of public affairs in accordance with the law. The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of 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 will be responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Department of Seniors and Long Term Care, 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.  You will conduct research, prepare, and review legal documents, and draft and interpret contracts, legislation, and regulations.

Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate must:

  • Be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (or eligible for practicing membership).
  • Have a minimum of 4 years of law practice experience, with practice experience in Administrative Law and Corporate Commercial Law.
  • Have a working knowledge of computer software programs, Internet and electronic mail.


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:


  • Experience practicing within government.
  • Experience with legislative drafting.
  • Practice experience in Health Law.


The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, as well as the flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment. They will be able to effectively deal with stressful situations and have proven analytical skills, effective interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills and the ability to function with minimal supervision in a team 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 full-time employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of August 31, 2023.


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View News Release

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 association (NSGLA) applicants, then external applicants. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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