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Legal Development Program
The ODPP employs recent graduates as part of this Program and seeks talented and enthusiastic individuals who have a desire to succeed and make a difference within the criminal justice system.
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The Legal Development Program (LDP) at the ODPP is a 12 month program targeted at recent law graduates. The Program provides opportunities and employment pathways through provision of experience in the various jurisdictions in NSW and all stages of the prosecution process. LDP staff work closely with the ODPP Solicitors and Crown Prosecutors as part of the legal team.

What We Offer

  • the opportunity to perform paid full-time (35 hrs/week) practical legal experience in criminal prosecutions for up to 12 months at one of the 10 ODPP offices around New South Wales
  • on the job training and access to ongoing professional development 
  • formal feedback and mentoring
  • informal networking
  • excellent working conditions, including flexible work practices and leave entitlements.
  • challenging work that makes a difference.

The opportunity to enhance and develop your:

  • legal research skills
  • knowledge of criminal law, practice and procedure
  • teamwork skills
  • communication skills
  • organisational skills
  • analytical skills
  • legal drafting and written communication


There are certain eligibility requirements that must be satisfied prior to taking part in this program. These requirements and relevant dates are always set out in the job advertisement and include:

  • you must have completed the coursework component of the College of Law’s Practical Legal Training Program (or equivalent) or will have completed it prior to commencing with the ODPP
  • you can have completed, be currently undertaking or have not started the work experience component of the College of Law’s Practical Legal Training Program (or equivalent)
  • participants who have completed the work experience component must have done so within the timeframe stated in the recruitment advertisement (this can vary so please check details).


You must address the targeted questions as outlined in the advertisement. The competitive selection process will be applied.

How to Apply

Positions are advertised on the I Work for NSW website when available. Please note that applications are only accepted when advertised which is usually once a year. You may wish to set up a "New Job Alert" on the I Work for NSW site in your profile area.

What we are looking for

We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated in their application:

  • an interest in the practice of criminal law and the functions of the ODPP
  • the ability to provide high level legal and administrative support and work co-operatively within a professional team
  • strong communication skills
  • the ability to use initiative and meet conflicting deadlines
  • people prepared to work regionally.


Download the LDP eBook here for more information.

Contact Human Resources and they will reply as soon as possible.