Closing Date: 15th June, 2023


Job Description and Duties:
The Government Law Section litigates high-profile and impactful constitutional issues, often in defense of state laws that protect the safety and wellbeing of all Californians. A critical portion of this work is in defense of California's commonsense firearm laws designed to protect our communities from gun violence. We are actively recruiting highly qualified attorneys who are interested in rewarding work, as part of a talented team that is primarily focused on our engaging Second Amendment practice. In addition, the Government Law Section offers various opportunities to provide legal advice and representation to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Department of Finance, and other state agencies and departments on a wide range of legal issues. These include constitutional and statutory law, government operations, elections, federalism, labor and union issues, housing reform, criminal justice reform, criminal information, internet privacy, state mandates, and other issues. Representation involves appearances in state and federal courts throughout California, at both the trial and appellate levels. Attorneys in the Government Law Section also prepare titles and summaries for ballot measures and analyze proposed state legislation. If you are well qualified and desire to be part of a talented team that furthers California's important public interests every day, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

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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 (
  • Deputy Attorney General V (
Additional Documents
Job Application Package Checklist (

Department Information:
  • These Positions Are Located in The Division of Civil Law, Government Law Section, and May Be Filled in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego. Please Clearly Indicate Which City You Prefer in Your Cover Letter.
  • Dag v Consideration – Lateral Transfers Only.
  • 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 Are Interested in Speaking with A Recruiter Before 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 Interest in And Demonstrated Aptitude for Handling Complex, High-Profile Litigation, Often on An Abbreviated Schedule. Very Strong Research, Analytical, and Writing Skills. Excellent Public Speaking and Communication Skills. Judgment and Discretion in Handling Sensitive Matters. Litigation Experience in Federal and State Courts at Both the Trial and Appellate Levels. Ability to Handle Multiple Projects and Meet Deadlines. Ability to Maintain Professionalism Under Pressure. Ability to Work Independently and As a Team Member. Ability to Maintain Good Client Relations. Ability to Self-Educate when Confronted by Complex and Multi-Dimensional Problems. Computer Literacy and Research Skills Are Strongly Desired.

Special Requirements:
  • A Fingerprint Check Will Be Required.
  • May Be Required to Travel to Remote Locations Wtihin the State, Sometimes with Little Notice.
  • 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 Position or Application Process.

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

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, It 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 You 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.