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.

Along with supervised workplace training, the program offers a comprehensive development program covering relevant aspects of criminal law and training in the competency standards for entry-level lawyers by an approval training provider.

The Legal Traineeship Program meets the requirements of Supervised Workplace Training.

In addition, the OPP provides an extensive and comprehensive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program covering current and relevant aspects of criminal law.

The OPP’s Legal Trainees for 2018 will be selected from those undertaking the Seasonal Clerkship Program for 2016/17. 

To be considered for a Legal Traineeship in 2019, you will need to apply for the Seasonal Clerkship Program for 2017/18.


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 not consider applications from those who have completed, or are currently undertaking their Practical Legal Training (PLT) coursework.