Step Up to the Bar Program

This equal opportunity program is an initiative of the Chief Justice of South Australia and the South Australian Bar Association.
 
The Step Up to the Bar Program is a 12 to 18-month full-time opportunity for female legal practitioners to gain experience within the higher court jurisdictions prior to pursuing admission to the Independent Bar of South Australia.
 
The participant will be appointed within Chambers of the Supreme Court of South Australia.  They will gain experience and exposure to complex legal cases and will work closely with the judiciary and an appointed Judicial Mentor.
 
 

Recruitment and Selection

To be eligible for the Step Up to the Bar Program, the applicant must:
  • Be a female legal practitioner with an interest to pursue a career with the Independent Bar of South Australia
  • Have demonstrated legal competence and expertise
  • Have approximately five years post-admission experience
  • Be admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Have a current and unrestricted practising certificate
  • Have a Child-Related Criminal History clearance or be willing to undergo a Child-Related Criminal History screening
Applicants are required to submit the following:
  1. Cover letter
  2. Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  3. Copy of current and unrestricted practising certificate

Applications should be sent to dianne.mifsud@courts.sa.gov.au by 26 February 2021. 

For more information, please contact:
Dianne Mifsud, Executive Assistant to the Chief Justice
dianne.mifsud@courts.sa.gov.au

 

Appointment of Program Participant

The successful candidate will be offered a 12 to 18-month temporary contract for the duration of the program.  The participant will be engaged as a Legal Officer and appointed to multiple Justices of the Supreme Court on a rotation basis.
 
The remuneration will be commensurate to years of post-admission experience and equivalent classification level within the Legal Officer stream of the Classification Standards.
 
Legal Officer 2     $76,945 - $87,272
Legal Officer 3     $89,476 - $96,591
Legal Officer 4     $111,676 - $122,090

Program Timetable

The Step Up to the Bar Program will be implemented subject to ongoing grant of exemption from Section 30 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 by the Equal Opportunity Tribunal. See Courts Administration Authority [2018] SAET 30.
 
  
Program Implementation Date​​
Recruitment and Selection ​ March 2021
Program commencement Date between April 2021 and May 2021
Program conclusion ​June 2022
  
 
 
 
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