New Zealand Law Society - Assistant Crown Counsel, Constitutional and Human Rights Team - Attorney-General Group

Assistant Crown Counsel, Constitutional and Human Rights Team - Attorney-General Group

Te Tari Ture o te Karauna – Crown Law

Rōia Taituarā | Assistant Crown Counsel, Constitutional and Human Rights Team

  • Exciting junior lawyer opportunities in Wellington
  • Opportunities across a range of public law matters
  • Permanent roles

Be at the forefront of public law practice – advising and representing the Crown in a dynamic, stimulating and collegial working environment.

Mō mātou | About us

Crown Law provides legal advice and representation to the Government in matters that affect everyone in Aotearoa. Our mahi ranges from the enforcement of criminal law, to the protection of revenue, to matters of human rights and te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi. Our counsel appear at all levels of court in Aotearoa, including various tribunals, the District Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  More information about our mahi can be found on our website.

Crown Law values diversity, inclusion, work-life balance and flexibility, and prides itself on creating opportunities for our team to grow. We strive to put te Tiriti and te ao Māori at the heart of everything we do so having knowledge and understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori is recognised and valued within the organisation.

How we work and engage with others is guided by Our Ways of Working:

  • We take pride in all we do,
  • We value our differences,
  • We look after the mana of people,
  • We recognise our impact on others and
  • We care about each other.

Mō te Tūranga | About the Role

As Assistant Crown Counsel, you will be immersed in meaningful, high-quality work which will give you exposure to all parts of government. Our senior counsel will provide you with guidance and support across a diverse range of matters while you gain practical litigation experience and assist with the provision of advice to government and central government organisations. This role is in the Constitutional and Human Rights team although there will also be opportunities to work with other teams across Crown Law (and often with other agencies).

This is an exciting opportunity for junior lawyers with a spirit of public service who are looking to develop a career in the law and contribute to the broader community. We would like to speak to people from diverse backgrounds, and with a range of skill-sets – interpersonal, practical problem-solving and analytical skills.

Our leadership role within the Government Legal Network will enable you to access a range of professional development opportunities as well as work as part of a broader network of approximately 1,200 lawyers working in the public sector.

To be considered for a position at Crown Law, you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand and you will be required to complete a Ministry of Justice Criminal Records Check. You must also hold a current practising certificate issued by the New Zealand Law Society or be able to obtain one before or soon after starting at Crown Law. 

Ngā ture e pā ana ki te Mate Urutā | COVID-19 vaccination requirements:

Crown Law strongly encourages its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a part of the job application process, we ask that applicants voluntarily disclose their vaccination status. Where disclosed, the information is held anonymously, without names. The reason for this is so that we are able to keep sight of our organisational vaccination baseline over coming months, as the COVID-19 environment continues to change at pace. 

Tēnā tonoa mai | Apply Now

Crown Law welcomes applications from all candidates who meet the relevant criteria. We select people to join our team based on merit, and with disregard to any gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious or ethnical beliefs, disability, marital or family status, age or sexual orientation. 

All applications must include a covering letter, curriculum vitae and any other documentation you would like to submit to support your application and evidence of your skills and experience.

This position is Wellington-based.

Access requirements and/or whānau support will be taken into account when arranging interviews.

Please apply for this role online.

Applications close at midday on 17 October 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact

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