Legal Traineeship Program

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) Legal Traineeship Program offers law graduates a unique opportunity to experience diverse and challenging work that will provide the basis for a rewarding legal career.

Over 12 months legal trainees rotate through the organisation, gaining experience in a broad range of legal practice areas and responsibilities, including preparing legal advice and indictments, and instructing Crown Prosecutors and external counsel.

The Legal Traineeship Program meets the requirements of the Supervised Workplace Traineeship, offering both supervised workplace training and training in the defined competency standards for entry-level lawyers.

To support workplace training, the OPP provides Continuing Legal Education (CLE) through an extensive and comprehensive development program covering relevant aspects of criminal law.

The Legal Traineeship Program for 2017 begins in February.


The OPP is the independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions for serious indictable offences in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The DPP is responsible for prosecuting indictable offences on behalf of the State of Victoria in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the County Court of Victoria.

The OPP employs more than 300 staff. A key strategic goal of the OPP is to ensure that the prosecutorial system gives appropriate consideration to the victims of crime in accordance with the State’s Victims Charter.


The OPP assists the DPP to carry out his statutory functions by preparing and conducting proceedings on his behalf. 

The OPP works with a number of groups in the community, including victims of crime, witnesses, and organisations that form part of the criminal justice system including:

  • Victoria Police
  • Courts
  • Legal Aid
  • Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Corrections Victoria
  • Victims Assistance groups


Applications are now closed for the Legal Traineeships 2017.


Only law (Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor) graduates who have not previously been admitted to practice are eligible to be considered for legal traineeships.

The OPP will also not be considering applications from those who have completed, or are currently undertaking their Practical Legal Training (PLT) coursework.

If you are invited to the assessment centre, you will be required to bring photo identification.

Applications must be submitted online at


All submitted applications will be assessed and if you are short-listed you will be advised via email that you have progressed to the phone interview stage.  Following the phone interview, applicants will be reassessed and may progress to a face-to-face interview.

Applicants short-listed for a face-to-face interview will be notified by phone during business hours on Wednesday 31 August.

All candidates must be available for a face-to-face interview on Wednesday, 7 September, 2016 to be eligible for consideration. This is not negotiable.

Successful applicants at this stage will be invited to potentially attend a final behavioural interview with the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions.

Successful applicants will demonstrate intellectual ability, integrity, academic success, a commitment to serving the community, strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively as part of
a team.

In line with the LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2016, offers will be made after 10am on Monday 26 September 2016.