Staff Lawyer

Posting Date:
Jun 23, 2022
Dalhousie University
Area of Law:
Family law and Administrative law
Position Type:
Jul 07, 2022
3 years


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 more than 20,000 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 neighbourhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Key Responsibilities

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, and social justice/administrative law. The Staff Lawyer will work closely with the various communities locally, regionally and nationally on various files and initiatives. This position will be responsible for demonstrating duties, mentoring and supervision of senior law students in case preparation and presentation in the named areas of law, as well as participation in evaluation of student performance and providing direction.


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) is required. Family law and administrative law experience are essential. A solid track record of advocacy work and knowledge of anti-oppressive practice would also be considered an asset. A broad perspective on the role of a community law office working in the context of a low income community would be valuable. Experience teaching/mentoring would be an asset.

Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

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 with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit our website.

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Contact Name Raylene LeDrew

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