Closing Date: 6th July, 2023


Job Description and Duties:
About the Organization:
Attorney General Rob Bonta is the State's chief law officer, responsible for ensuring that state laws are uniformly and adequately enforced. The Department of Justice includes approximately 4,500 employees who provide legal and law enforcement services to the State, including representing the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of California and the United States, and engaging in law enforcement activities.

The Solicitor General is appointed by the Attorney General and serves as the chief appellate lawyer for the Department of Justice. The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has authority and responsibility for ensuring the excellence of the Attorney General's appellate practice. OSG participates in discretionary appellate litigation decisions, such as whether to seek review by the U.S. or California Supreme Court; prepares or oversees the preparation of petitions, briefs, and other papers filed in appellate courts; and takes a lead role in the briefing and argument of some appeals in both state and federal courts, including in many of the Department's most complex or sensitive appellate matters. Other functions include fostering consultation and consistency on important legal issues and promoting excellence in appellate practice Department-wide.

About the Position:
Under the general direction of the Solicitor General, the Principal Deputy Solicitor General, and a Supervising Deputy Solicitor General, the Deputy Solicitor General will analyze, research, and provide advice on complex or novel legal issues; assist with the review and/or preparation of recommendations concerning Department action in appellate matters, including amicus participation; draft, review, comment on, or edit petitions, briefs, and other papers filed by the Department in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the California Courts of Appeal; present or assist with the preparation for oral arguments, including providing moot court assistance for attorneys throughout the Department; assist with identifying and coordinating positions on significant or recurrent legal issues facing the Attorney General's Office or its clients; maintain awareness of current legal issues and other topics relating to appellate litigation; and assist with developing and implementing best practices for appellate litigation and with providing development and enrichment programs for attorneys throughout the Department.

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

Additional Documents
Job Application Package Checklist (

Department Information:
  • This position is located in the Directorate Division, Office of the Solicitor General and may be filled in Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or Fresno. Please indicate your preferred location on your application.
  • 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
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email
  • If you have questions in regards to the duties of the position, please email Helen Hong -

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:
Desirable qualifications include clerkships with the U.S. or California Supreme Courts or other federal or state appellate courts; experience briefing or arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and/or the California Courts of Appeal; knowledge of the organization and work of the Department of Justice; experience with areas of law relevant to the work of the Solicitor General's Office, such as constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal and/or habeas issues; and familiarity with practice and procedures in appellate and trial courts in California and the United States.

Applicants should have outstanding written and oral communication skills, including in both expository and advocacy writing and presentations; a demonstrated ability to research and analyze complex legal issues; the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different legal arguments; the ability to seek common ground or mutually acceptable positions on difficult issues; and the ability to provide compelling advocacy on behalf of the Department and its clients. Successful applicants will be required to exercise good judgment, discretion, and tact in all aspects of their work, including interacting with other Department employees or client representatives at all levels. They should have strong individual initiative, be able to work well under pressure, be flexible and resourceful problem-solvers, and be ready to take part in the development or evolution of Office and Department procedures and best practices.

Special Requirements:

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate your preferred location in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your state application.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the AttorneyGeneral. The process is described at
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:
  • Attorney exam – less than 5 years of experience: Attorney Examination (
    • DAG III exam - at least 5 years of legal experience: DAG III Examination (
    • DAG IV exam - at least 6 years of legal experience: DAG IV Examination (
  • Some travel is required.
  • OSG offers regular telework options, subject to operational needs.

Benefit information can be found at:
CalHR website at and CalPERS website at

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Danielle Newman
(916) 210-6197

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
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 willarrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, yourapplication will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronicdelivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If mailing yourapplication, please reach out to the HR contact listed to ensure your application has been received.

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.