Legal Development Program


The ODPP employs recent graduates as part of our Legal Development Program. We look for talented and enthusiastic individuals who have a desire to succeed and make a difference.

What we offer

The Legal Development Program offers:

  • full time (35 hours per week) paid practical legal experience in criminal prosecutions for a period of up to 12 months
  • experience in working with senior lawyers and Crown Prosecutors
  • ongoing on the job training and access to professional development 
  • formal feedback, mentoring and informal networking
  • excellent working conditions, including flexible work practices
  • challenging work that makes a difference.

The program  provides opportunities to develop and enhance:

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

Eligibility and conditions

You are eligible to undertake the program if:

  • you have completed the coursework component of the College of Law’s Practical Legal Training Program (or its equivalent) or would have completed it prior to commencing the program

  • you have completed, are currently undertaking or have not started the work experience component of the College of Law’s Practical Legal Training Program (or its equivalent). Those participants who have completed the work experience component need to have done so within the timeframe stated in the recruitment advertisement, as varied from time to time.

To be assessed for suitability for the program, you will need to address the selection criteria as outlined in the advertisement. Competitive selection will be applied.

The program is available in all ODPP offices across the state. 

How to apply

Positions are advertised when available on I Work for NSW.

Please note that applications are only accepted for advertised positions.

Download the LDP eBook here or below to find out more.


For further information on the Legal Development Program, email:


LDP eBook cover