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Graduate employment at AGS (Attorney-General’s Department)

2017 AGD graduate program

AGS within the Attorney-General’s Department

AGS became part of the Attorney-General’s Department on 1 July 2015. It is the pre-eminent provider of legal services to the Australian Government and its agencies has an independent functional identity within the Department.

The AGD 2017 Graduate Program offers 2 streams in its 12-month training and development program: a legal practice stream and a policy/program stream.

AGD encourages applicants from all disciplines for the policy/program stream, which gives graduates the opportunity to contribute to the development of policies and the delivery of programs to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework, and strengthen national security and emergency management. These positions are based in Canberra.

AGS has offices in each capital city. We have 3 practice groups – AGS Dispute Resolution, AGS Commercial and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is based in Canberra. The largest number of graduates are based in Canberra with a small number in Sydney and Melbourne and other offices as needed.

The legal practice stream culminates in a placement as a practising lawyer within AGS (subject to probation). The program is designed to ensure graduates are exposed to a number of areas of law to enable them to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of AGS, our clients and our business.

To be eligible to apply for the legal practice stream, applicants must have completed an LLB or JD and be eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia.

The graduate program runs over 12 months with the following features:

  • an induction in Canberra in the first week of the program
  • graduates undertake 3 rotations across the practice groups as well as a client placement of approximately 3 months
  • a part-time pro bono placement
  • graduates are allocated a supervisor and buddy at the commencement of each rotation and have access to the dedicated lawyer development manager.

Applications for the 2017 AGD graduate program will open on 1 March 2017.

Information about the application process will be available in the next few weeks.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates. Please contact Karen Tatz if you would like further information.

Contact details
Karen Tatz
Lawyer Development Manager
karen.tatz@ags.gov.au
T 02 6253 7061