Graduate Employment at Australian Government Solicitor (AGS)

2020 Attorney-General's Department Graduate Program

We're planning for the future…

Can you see yourself working alongside Australia's foremost legal minds, advising on significant national and international matters?

The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework. The Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), one of 4 groups within AGD, provides legal services to the Commonwealth (legal advice and representation).

As a legal practice graduate in the AGD 2020 Graduate Program, you will have experience a range of challenging and exciting opportunities to help develop your career, and will:

  • undertake an orientation program that introduces you to the department, AGS and the Australian Public Service
  • participate in a development program to build your skills and experience
  • experience rotations in our Practices and with our clients to learn more about us and our work
  • have a positive support network of supervisors, buddies, senior leaders and the Lawyer Development Manager
  • have the opportunity to complete your practical legal training leading to your admission (a requirement for the legal practice stream)
  • have a permanent placement in one of our practices on successful completion of the graduate program.

You will have the opportunity to work with some of Australia's foremost legal minds on matters of national significance.

AGS is part of the Attorney-General's Department and is the Australian Government's central legal service, providing legal services to the Australian Government, its departments, entities and agencies. AGS has offices in every capital city and employs around 350 lawyers. AGS is a self-funded, fee-for-service Commonwealth trading enterprise that competes in the market. Our lawyers have time recording responsibilities and billable targets. We have a strong focus on providing excellent legal advice and representation, outstanding client service, and being effective and efficient in our business operations.

We work in government and public law, and specialise in constitutional and legislative interpretation. Our long experience in working with government agencies means we understand the Government's legislative and regulatory frameworks, policy objectives and key programs. AGS has an unmatched High Court practice and also provides extensive commercial law services to government.

AGS delivers services through 3 national legal practices:

The program is a 12-month development opportunity with rotations across a number of the practices, a client placement and a part-time pro bono placement. You receive extensive support from supervisors and access to learning and development activities, including the opportunity to complete your practical legal training to be admitted to practice.

We invite applications from graduates who have completed or will complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor within the 4 years between December 2015 and December 2019, and who are eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia; eligible for admission in Australia; or admitted to practice in Australia. You must have completed, or will complete, your law degree with strong academic results (distinction average).

Legal practice graduates are based in Canberra with the possibility of one or more positions being located in Sydney and Melbourne. Financial assistance may be offered where graduates are relocating from their home state.

The 2020 AGD Graduate Program also offers a Policy Stream. Information about this stream is available on the AGD website.

Applications are open from 21 March to 11.55 pm on Friday 26 April 2019.

Graduate profiles and information about how to apply and about the selection process are available on the AGD website –

Applications must be made on the "How to Apply" page.