Job Description and Duties:
The Correctional Law Section is one of the largest in the Civil Division of the California Attorney General's Office, with approximately 125 deputies in several locations statewide. The Correctional Law Section is seeking qualified attorneys to work on class action cases that the section handles, including large-scale federal class actions concerning prisoners' civil rights and various constitutional claims.

Duties include:
  • Handling all aspects of the section's complex and high-profile cases
  • Working with and advising high-ranking government officials at various state agencies, including the Governor's Office, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Department of State Hospitals, and the Department of Finance.
  • Investigating facts and analyzing documentary evidence
  • Appearing in all levels of state and federal courts
  • Traveling as necessary for depositions, witness interviews, client meetings, and site inspections inside correctional institutions statewide

This is a full-time position, in a collegial office environment, with opportunities for intermittent telework.

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Minimum Requirements:
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
  • Deputy Attorney General III (
  • Deputy Attorney General (
  • Deputy Attorney General IV (

Additional Documents
Job Application Package Checklist (

Department Information:
  • This Position Is Located in The Division of Civil Law, Correctional Law Section and Be Filled in Sacramento (jc-372973), San Francisco (jc-372974), San Diego (jc-372975) or Los Angeles (jc-372972).
  • The Hiring Unit Has Established the Following Cut-Off Dates for This Job Control: Every Other Friday. Applications Will Be Reviewed According to The Date of Submission. if Your Application Is Submitted After the Most Recent Cut-Off Date, It Will Be Applied to The Next Review Period.
  • Please Disregard the Sroa/surplus Language Below, as The Department of Justice Requires Applicants to Submit Their Sroa/surplus Letter if That Is the Basis of Their Eligibility
  • For More Information About the Department Please Visit the Attorney General's Website at Www.Oag.Ca.Gov
  • If You Would Like to Speak with A Recruiter Prior to Submitting Your Application, Please Email Recruiters@doj.Ca.Gov

Desirable Qualifications:
In Addition to Evaluating Each Candidate's Relative Ability, as Demonstrated by Quality and Breadth of Experience, the Following Factors Will Provide the Basis for Competitively Evaluating Each Candidate:
  • Strong Research and Writing Skills
  • Experience Handling Complex Litigation
  • Experience Drafting Discovery Motions, Dispositive Motions, and Appellate Briefs
  • Strong Oral-Argument Skills
  • Experience Appearing in Trial and Appellate Courts
  • Experience Participating in Mediations or Settlement Conferences
  • Experience in Civil Discovery, Depositions, Trial Preparation, Bench or Jury Trials, and Appellate Work
  • Interest in Correctional Law, Prison Procedures, and Applicable Constitutional Law
  • Ability to Handle Cases Independently

Successful Applicants Will Have Recent Experience Working on All Phases of Class-Action Suits—including the Pleading Stage, the Class-Certification Stage, Trial or Settlement, and The Remedial Phase—or Recent Experience Working on Other Similar Types of Complex Litigation.

Special Requirements:
  • A Fingerprint Check Will Be Required.
  • Travel to State Prisons, Including Some in Remote Areas, May Be Required.
  • Clearly Indicate the Job Control Code (jc-372973) and The Title of This Position in The “examination or Job Title(s) for Which You Are Applying” Section Located on The First Page of Your State Application.
  • If You Submit Your Application by Us Postal Service, Please Contact the Hr Consultant Listed Below to Confirm It Was Recevied.
  • Individuals Who Are New to State Service Must Have List Eligibility in Order to Gain Employment with The California Office of The Attorney General. the Process Is Described at Http://oag.Ca.Gov/careers/how-To-Apply.
  • Please Note that Appointment to The Dag Classifications Will Be Made Using the Following Examinations:
    • Attorney Exam – Less than 6 Years of Experience: Attorney Examination (
    • Dag Iii Exam– at Least 6 Years of Legal Experience: Dag Iii Examination (
    • Dag Iv Exam– at Least 10 Years of Legal Experience: Dag Iv Examination (

Benefit Information Can Be Found on The CalHR (  Website and The CalPERS ( Website.

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact Is Available to Answer Questions Regarding the Application Process. the Hiring Unit Contact Is Available to Answer Questions Regarding the Position.

Human Resources Contact:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

Hiring Unit Contact:
Marisa Kirschenbauer
(415) 510-3582

Please Direct Requests for Reasonable Accommodations to The Interview Scheduler at The Time the Interview Is Being Scheduled. You May Direct Any Additional Questions Regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for This Position(s) to The Department's Eeo Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
Eerr Office@doj.Ca.Gov

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (tty), 1-800-735-2922 (voice) Tty Is a Telecommunications Device for The Deaf, and Is Reachable only From Phones Equipped with A Tty Device.

Additional Application Filing Information
Please Note, if Using the United States Postal Service for Delivery, There Is No Guarantee that Your Application Will Be Date Stamped and Will Arrive by The Final Filing Date. if Your Application Does Not Have a Postmark or Date Stamp and Arrives After the Final Filing Date, Your Application Will Not Be Accepted. Therefore, to Ensure Timely Delivery of Your Application, It Is Recommended that You Use Either Electronic Delivery, Parcel Service, or Certified Mail. Using One of These Options Will Provide Proof of Delivery Prior to The Final Filing Date. if You Are Mailing Your Application, as A Courtesy We Ask that You Contact the Hr Consultant Listed to Confirm Your Application Has Been Received. This Is Not Required, but Highly Encouraged so We Can Ensure the Timely Submission of Your Application.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer to All, Regardless of Age, Ancestry, Color, Disability (mental and Physical), Exercising the Right to Family Care and Medical Leave, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military or Veteran Status, National Origin, Political Affiliation, Race, Religious Creed, Sex (includes Pregnancy, Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Related Medical Conditions), and Sexual Orientation.

It Is an Objective of The State of California to Achieve a Drug-Free Work Place. Any Applicant for State Employment Will Be Expected to Behave in Accordance with This Objective Because the Use of Illegal Drugs Is Inconsistent with The Law of The State, the Rules Governing Civil Service, and The Special Trust Placed in Public Servants.