Barrister and Solicitor

  • Government of Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Nov 23, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported.


Alberta Justice, 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, statutory interpretation, and in giving general legal and related strategic advice to a wide range of clients.

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.


Are you looking for an opportunity to focus on your legal skills in a collaborative environment while working on interesting, challenging, and unique litigation matters? If your answer is yes, then we have an opportunity for you!


Litigation counsel is required to support the Departments of Justice and Transportation on anticipated litigation associated with the Justice Transformation Initiative. You will work as a key member of a small multi-practice legal team and play a supporting and leading role in conducting civil litigation on behalf of the Department of Transportation. The litigation will primarily involve a significant volume of Judicial Review applications arising from adjudicator decisions under the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act and its designated enactments.


The position offers interesting and challenging work, including responsibility for the following:


  • Drafting a variety of court documents, opinions and briefs
  • Developing and implementing strategies and plans for conducting litigation
  • Frequent appearances in regular and special chambers
  • Conducting trials and appeals


To succeed in this role you will need strong analytical skills, superior oral and written advocacy and exceptional communication skills. You must also enjoy working as part of a team and possess strong client relations skills.


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.


Assets include:


  • Experience with administrative law
  • Experience appearing at the Court of King’s Bench in Judicial Review hearings
  • Experience with conducting statutory appeals to the Court of King’s Bench or the Court of Appeal
  • Skilled at handling a large volume of matters at different procedural stages
  • Knowledge of constitutional law
  • Knowledge of impaired driving laws, evidence, criminal procedure and the Charter
  • Experience acting as independent legal counsel to boards and tribunals and advising them on processes and procedures.

APS Competencies

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:


Creative Problem Solving: Ability to gather information from varied sources, analyze and interpret information to formulate reports and make decisions related to case planning.


Agility: Ability to prioritize competing workload pressures in an effective manner and contribute to the organizational goals.


Drive for Results: Sets and accomplishes goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and directives.


Building Collaborative Environment: Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of teams within the workplace, community and other Government ministries/agencies to meet client and ministry goals and objectives.


Developing Networks: Ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others.


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): $3,055.53 to 3,936.73 bi-weekly (79,749 - 102,748/year)
Legal Counsel 2 (4 years to 13 years of related experience): $4,391.03 to $5,600.88 bi-weekly (114,605 - 146,182/year)
Legal Counsel 3 (more than 11 years of related experience): $5,535.55 to $6,467.12 bi-weekly (144,477 - 168,791/year).