Join the California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General to help administer justice on behalf of 40 million Californians. Our Health, Education and Welfare section (HEW) is looking for seasoned litigators to join our team! HEW attorneys represent over 30 state agencies that administer a multitude of state health, education, and welfare programs.

Duties include:
  • Managing all phases of litigation in both state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Carrying a varied caseload
  • Submitting extensive briefing in both trial and appellate courts on issues of first impression
  • Handling all aspects of civil trials, writ proceedings, and complex class actions
  • Defending against challenges to the Medi-Cal program (e.g., constitutional challenges to reimbursement rates, complex provider audits and suspensions); the practices and policies of state mental hospitals and developmental centers; statewide educational programs (e.g., monitoring of English Language Learners, audits of public educational funds); and public health issues such as the defense of nursing home citations

This is a hybrid position with the opportunity to work remotely or in the office, with 2-3 required in-person days each month. Candidates must reside in California.

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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:
  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Health, Education & Welfare Section, and may be filled in either Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento or San Francisco. Please clearly indicate which city you prefer in your cover letter.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: every Thursday. 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.
  • DAG V consideration - lateral transfers only.
  • If you would like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email
  • For more information about the department please visit the Attorney General's website at

Special Requirements:
  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Must be willing and able to work a full-time schedule which may exceed a 40 hour week when operational needs require.
  • Deputies must be active members of the California State Bar.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-361550) 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 STD 678 State Application.
  • 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
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

Application Instructions:
Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply:
Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How to Apply:
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages
You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:
Department of Justice
Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-361550)
1300 I Street Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages
You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:
Department of Justice
Heather Nguyen (JC-361550)
1300 I Street Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents
The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other -
  • Writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written in the prior year.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

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:
  • Recent experience in civil, criminal, or administrative litigation
  • Superior writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Ability to present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form
  • Good working knowledge of the rules of evidence
  • Strong interest in and aptitude for handling a caseload that requires a full range of litigation skills, including motion practice, witness examination, evidentiary objections, opening statements and closing arguments, deposition skills, and written discovery
  • Ability to work independently, while applying excellent legal judgment and producing high quality work.
  • Ability to handle a rigorous caseload under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in electronic case management and time keeping
  • A genuine interest in government employment

Finally, we value having a team diverse in viewpoints and life experiences because it enhances the quality of our legal work, and ultimately allows us to best represent our clients. Candidates should be well organized, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude, and be team-oriented, as well as have an excellent work ethic and strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.

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:
Charles Antonen
(415) 510-3369

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 Section:
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 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.