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The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority, an Agency of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, was estab-
lished in 1976 to provide legal aid and advice to persons of small or moderate means in
Trinidad and Tobago. Applications are presently being invited from dynamic, forward-think-
ing individuals for the following positions, on contract, at the Authority's Head Office, 1st and
3rd Floors, TTMA Building, No. 42, 10th Avenue, Barataria.
VACANCY FOR LEGAL OFFICER
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Attend Court and provide legal representation in Magistrates' and High Courts and
Court of Appeal in Civil, Family and Criminal matters.
• Interview and advise applicants on general areas of law
• Conduct preliminary assessment of applicants as to eligibility for Legal Aid
• Assist applicants in completing requisite applications forms for Legal Aid
• Write letters of assistance for applicants as circumstances dictate
• Liaise with Courts, Attorneys-at-law in private practice, various Government
Departments, Companies and Agencies with regard to information pertaining to
• Prepare legal opinions as required
• File and attend to Non-Contentious Matrimonial and Probate proceedings.
• Supervise office staff where necessary.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Experience and Training
Bachelor of Law Degree, Legal Education Certificate and an up-to-date Certificate
to practice Law in Trinidad and Tobago.
At least two (2) years of law-related experience under the supervision of a
Knowledge of Matrimonial, Probate and/or Criminal Matters.
Exceptional ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Positive, flexible attitude to changing priorities and deadlines, with an ability to
adapt and manage change at short notice.
• Terms and conditions of employment, including remuneration, are usually
determined based on a recommendation from the Chief Personnel Officer.
• All Résumés must be submitted with an accompanying covering letter of application
by May 22, 2015, to the following e-mail address ONLY.
Email to: email@example.com
• Please note that only soft copy applications will be accepted and late applications
will not be considered.
You got the call for an interview -
congratulations! In the grand
scheme of things, the hard part is
behind you. Now you've got to
prove you're both the company's
number one and number two
choices for the job. Interviews
are about 80 percent preparation
and 20 percent execution, and it
will help if you bring the follow-
ing items with you. Remember,
the more prepared you are, the
better you'll do.
Not every person has a resume, and not every
position needs one. But it never hurts to print off a
copy for yourself and for each person you're inter-
It might seem silly, but this could be the differ-
ence between appearing prepared and looking dis-
organized. Having your own pen says "I've
thought ahead," and that speaks volumes to a fu-
Things like phone numbers, addresses, names,
and information for insurance and medical facili-
ties are all things you might need to write down
during an interview. Having your own paper is like
having your own pen. It's all about being prepared
and making you stand out in the hiring manager's
Think of three people (not related to you) who
can vouch for your ability to do a great job in the
position you're interviewing for. You should feel
confident they'll return a phone call from the hir-
ing manager, and you should tell your references
ahead of time that they might be contacted. Once
you've thought of these people, type up their full
name, phone number and their relationship to
you. Print out this list and bring one copy for each
person you are interviewing with.
Think of a few questions you'd like to ask the
hiring manager about the position and write them
down so you'll remember to ask them. "How much
does this position pay?" should not be on the list.
Wait until the hiring manager brings it up.
Directions and contact information
If you have any doubt about how to get to the in-
terview, print out directions. You don't want to get
lost, because that could make you late, and being
late could cost you the job. On the top of the direc-
tions, write down the name and contact informa-
tion of the person you're interviewing with. You
want to be sure you can get in touch with them
should anything go wrong.
Breath mints or gum
Trust us; it's just a good idea. Just be sure to get
rid of it before your interview starts (swallowing it
or throwing it away are the only acceptable op-
Putting all the papers listed above in one folder
or briefcase will ensure that you won't leave any-
thing out by accident. Plus, you'll look organized
during the interview.
Now that you've got everything ready, just get a
good night's sleep, be sure to dress for success and
relax. You're going to ace your interview, and
pretty soon you'll be enjoying your first day on the
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