About the Job

As a Lawyer (Legal Officer) in the Australian Army Legal Corps, you will work in the broad fields of disciplinary, administrative, operations, civil and commercial law as well as dealing with legal aid requirements. Military legal practice and its emerging requirements constitute an exciting and ever expanding field of expertise.


This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

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Salary & Allowances

In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Locations

Lawyers are posted to legal positions within the various Army regional and formation Commands and Army Office.

The geographical locations of these postings are; Adelaide, Albury/Wodonga, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Kapooka, Melbourne, Perth, Puckapunyal, Sydney and Townsville.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their Return of Service Obligation prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Education & Experience

To be eligible to apply for Army Legal Officer, applicants must hold:

Appropriate tertiary qualifications in Law i.e. Bachelor of Laws degree 
Hold Admission to the Supreme Court of a State or Territory and or/High Court of Australia
Hold greater than 12 months experience as a Lawyer/Solicitor/Barrister from the date of Admission

Law Clerk, Paralegal or Internship experience will not be counted towards required legal experience.

Applicants should note positions are very limited and therefore highly competitive.

 

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

For further details on physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF.

Employment Training

Legal Training Modules (LTMs)

Lawyers will complete the LTMs. The Military Law Centre (MLC), in conjunction with the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, conducts the LTMs.

LTM 1 is a two week residential course run at the MLC in Sydney. This course will equip the member with the basic knowledge to work as an ADF Lawyer at entry rank level.

LTM 2 consists of the following subjects:

  • Military Administrative Law
  • Military Discipline Law
  • Military Operations Law
  • Military Legal Practice

Successful completion of all four subjects will result in the award of a Graduate Certificate in Military Law from the Australian National University.

These subjects equip the Lawyer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the tactical and operational level at the senior CAPT (E) TO MAJ (E) levels.

LTM 3 consists of three compulsory subjects as follows:

  • Advanced Military Administrative Law
  • Advanced Military Discipline Law
  • Advanced Military Operations Law

The Master of Military Law degree comprises these three subjects plus four other Masters level subjects.

These subjects equip the Lawyer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the operational and strategic level at the senior MAJ (E) TO LTCOL (E) levels.

Additional information may be obtained from the Legal web site.


This entry method is currently not recruiting

Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

Download

Salary Information

In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances - which are detailed below - plus superannuation at a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

Your starting salary

When you first join the Army and while studying for your degree at the university of your choice, you will be paid:

3 years to graduation                     $39,149
2 years to graduation                     $45,172
In final year                                      $51,195
1st postgraduate legal year           $60,229

Your pay is base (gross) salary only. Upon completion of university and commencement of your Officer Training, you will receive an additional Trainee Allowance of $10,917 per year. Once your mandatory training is completed, you will receive a Service Allowance of $14,556 per year and $682 per year to maintain your uniforms in good order and condition.

Please note these figures do not include compulsory deductions for tax, meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable).

Salaries continue to increase based on your rank and years of service in that rank.

In addition to this package you will receive free medical and dental care, substantial housing and accommodation subsidies and generous superannuation.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.

Locations

Lawyers are posted to legal positions within the various Army regional and formation Commands and Army Office.

The geographical locations of these postings are; Adelaide, Albury/Wodonga, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Kapooka, Melbourne, Perth, Puckapunyal, Sydney and Townsville.


Requirements

Age

The maximum age for entry is such that an applicant must be able to complete their degree and Return of Service Obligation incurred under the Scheme prior to compulsory retirement age (normally 60 years of age).

Applicants are to have reached 18 years at the date of application for Undergraduate.

Education & Experience

You may commence the selection process if you have completed at least 6 months of a four year law degree or 18 months of a five year program, and can present your academic transcript. Your appointment will be subject to:

Applicants attempting double degrees will only receive HELP funding allocation for their law units. Other degrees will be considered on a case by case basis.

Full fee paying students can apply for Army Undergraduate Scheme, however sponsorship funding is limited to the equivalent of full time student contribution band rate for a Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS) only. The remainder of the cost of a full fee degree is the member’s responsibility.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

Undergraduates will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service equalling the length of sponsorship, times two, plus an additional 365 days

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The Specialist Service Officer Course is conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and provides Regular and Reserve Force Specialist Service Officers with fundamental knowledge of leadership, command and control, unit and personnel administration, basic military skills and the ideals of officer behaviour and attitudes necessary for future employment.

The ARA course is 42 days of training and currently conducted in the first half of the training year. The ARES course is conducted in the latter half of the year and consists of three modules. Module One is 9 days, Module Two is 16 days and Module Three is 16 days. Depending on your tiering you may only be require to complete one, two or all three modules before being deemed competent for employment as an SSO.

ARES SSO Tiering Matrix.

During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Physical Fitness Levels

All trainees attending training at RMC are required to participate in an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC.

Ares SSOs must complete IFA for both modules. This is an entry level requirement for all courses conducted at RMC. The IFA is based on a shuttle run, push ups and sit ups and is designed to determine whether trainees are at the minimum required standard to complete training at RMC. Due to the unique nature of training at RMC, trainees who do not demonstrate the base line levels of the assessment may be withdrawn from training and RTU. If you do not pass the IFA, you will be medically reviewed by the RMC Doctor and you will be advised if you are able to continue with training.

For further details on physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF.

Employment Training

Legal Training Modules (LTMs)

Lawyers will complete the LTMs. The Military Law Centre (MLC), in conjunction with the Australian National University and the University of Adelaide, conducts the LTMs.

LTM 1 is a two week residential course run at the MLC in Sydney. This course will equip the member with the basic knowledge to work as an ADF Lawyer at entry rank level.

LTM 2 consists of the following subjects: Administrative Law, Discipline Law, Operations Law, Military Legal Practice.

Successful completion of all four subjects will result in the award of a Graduate Certificate in Military Law from the Australian National University.

These subjects equip the Lawyer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the tactical and operational level at the senior CAPT (E) TO MAJ (E) levels.

LTM 3 consists of the following subjects: Administrative Law, Discipline Law, Operations Law.

The Master of Military Law degree comprises these three subjects plus four other Masters level subjects.

These subjects equip the Lawyer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the operational and strategic level at the senior MAJ (E) TO LTCOL (E) levels.

Additional information may be obtained from the Legal web site.