ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Graduate Lawyer, Litigation, Permanent – Wellington

  • Are you interested in making a difference to New Zealanders?
  • Are you looking forward to a career in the public sector?
  • Are you solution focused, with initiative and sound judgement?

If this sounds like you, we are looking for a graduate lawyer to join our corporate team in Wellington.

About Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.

About the Team

MSD Legal provides professional legal advice and advocacy services to all areas of the Ministry.  This is an exciting opportunity to join our collaborative team of fun, friendly professionals focussed on providing high quality legal advice across the Ministry. You’ll be part of a dedicated and supportive team.

About the Role

The Litigation team within MSD Legal Services works with Crown Law to manage higher court litigation including social security matters. It also advises on, claims resolution for historic abuse claims, human rights complaints and manages Privacy litigation.

This role requires working alongside National Office clients to manage litigation and to advice on complaints and claims resolution.  Some experience advising on one or more of the following areas of law is desirable:  Social security matters, historic abuse claims, privacy and OIA matters and human rights complaints.

About you:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Able to build successful client and team relationships
  • Strong legal analysis skills
  • Enthusiasm for the law
  • A current New Zealand practising certificate (or be eligible to hold one)
  • Some legal experience would be preferable but not required

How to apply

If this sounds like you, please apply online with your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the Position Description.

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

External Candidates – (including Ministry for Children employees) must apply directly through our MSD careers page at


Closing date: 27 January 2019

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