Barrister and Solictor

  • Government of Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jan 18, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

ob Requisition ID: 3965

Ministry: Justice and Solicitor General

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full-Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (18 month)

Scope: Open

Closing Date: January 27, 2021

Classification: Legal Officer 1-3

About Us


Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Legal Services Division, is responsible for providing quality legal advice to the Government of Alberta. Within the Division, the Central Services Team provides legal services to over 20 departments. Our lawyers are involved in contract drafting and review, commercial transactions, statutory interpretation, legislative development, and in giving general legal and related strategic advice to a wide range of client departments.

The work is fast-paced and provided in a team environment. Our lawyers are involved in a wide range of legal work that is challenging, interesting, important, and ever-changing.


This is an opportunity to be part of a cohesive team which provides legal services to the Government department of Treasury Board and Finance. Successful candidates may also have an opportunity to provide legal services to the department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The ideal candidates will be capable of forming good client relationships and will have:

  • A strong client focus
  • Excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical, research, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong legal drafting skills
  • High flexibility and the ability to work within a team and respond quickly to address frequently changing client needs, issues, and priorities

Please note that all Legal Officers may be reassigned within the division to provide legal services to any other department, as operationally required.


A Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (JD). The candidates must be active members or must have immediate eligibility for full membership with the Law Society of Alberta.

Experience in corporate/commercial contract drafting and review, legal research and analysis, and preparing legal opinions is required.

Specific experience in providing legal advice on major corporate/commercial transactions, financing (borrowing and lending), creditors’ remedies, procurement, pensions or insurance is considered an asset.

Experience advising major banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions on complex financing transactions is considered an asset.

APS Competencies Section

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

Note to recruiter: If you haven’t included competency information in the “Role” section, you can include the critical competencies with examples of how they relate to the role being recruited to in this section; below is a list of the APS competencies to assist you:
  • Agility
  • Drive for Results
  • Develop Self and Others
  • Build Collaborative Environments
  • Develop Networks
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving


Classification and salary will be determined based on candidate’s qualifications.

Below is the minimum number of years required for each classification:

Legal Counsel 1: Up to 4 years of related experience is required ($3,055.53 - $3,936.73 bi-weekly)

Legal Counsel 2: 4 years to 13 years of related experience is required ($4,391.03 - $5,600.88 bi-weekly)

Legal Counsel 3: More than 11 years of related experience is required ($5,535.55 - $6,467.12 bi-weekly)


Candidates may be asked to submit a current legal writing sample if they are invited for an interview.

In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Also, please indicate whether your work experience is casual, part-time or full-time. For example: January 15, 2006 - June 25, 2009: Assistant (PT three 8 hrs shifts/week).

This competition may be used to full current and future permanent and temporary vacancies at the same or lower level within the Government of Alberta. Secondments will be considered. Candidates with lower qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary. Candidates may be asked to complete a criminal records check.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits plan
  • Pension plan
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance

How To Apply


If you are unable to apply online, please contact: JSG Human Resource Services <>

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)


Tips for Applicants:

Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements.

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact JSG Human Resource Services <>

Practice Area(s)

government law