Job Posting: Attorney General's Honors Program

Department of Justice

JC-213841
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Attorney General's Honors Program
GRADUATE LEGAL ASSISTANT

$4,560.00 - $5,207.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/26/2020

Job Description and Duties

Graduate Legal Assistants (GLAs) who are part of the Attorney General's Honors Program work in a Section within one of the California Department of Justice’s Civil, Criminal, or Public Rights Divisions, as part of a dynamic legal team committed to public service. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, Honors GLAs will have the opportunity to work on substantive legal matters of public interest and importance. They conduct legal and other research and assist in preparing a variety of legal documents, including briefs, memoranda and legislative analyses, often under tight deadlines, for client agencies or the Attorney General and other constitutional officers.  Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, GLAs may have the opportunity to assist in special investigations and gain courtroom experience. They will also receive on-the-job training, career development programming, and mentorship, in addition to connecting with the 2021 Honors Program cohort and gaining exposure to the work being done across various Sections and Divisions of the California Department of Justice. For more information, please visit the Honors Program page on the Attorney General's website.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-213841
Position #(s):
420-000-5797-XXX
Working Title:
Attorney General's Honors Program
Classification:
GRADUATE LEGAL ASSISTANT
$4,560.00 - $5,207.00
# of Positions:
Multiple
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • Positions will be part of the Attorney General's Honors Program.
  • Positions will be located in various sections throughout the Legal Divisions (Criminal, Civil and Public Rights).
  • For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General's website at www.oag.ca.gov.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice required applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email Recruiters@doj.ca.gov.


Special Requirements

  • Due to the advance recruitment of the Honors Program positions, applicants are not required to meet eligibility requirements/minimum qualifications to take the examination at this time.  Applicants should select the "I have eligibility" option in order to continue applying for the positions.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-213841) and the title of the position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your State Application.

  • A fingerprint check will be required

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 10/26/2020

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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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: Attorney Hiring Unit
Attorney General's Honors Program
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Attorney Hiring Unit
Attorney General's Honors Program
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 -
  • Other -
    • Personal Statement - this statement should address why you are interested in the AG's Honors Program; your commitment to public service; which Division you are interested in and why; and any relevant work and volunteer experience (no more than 1000 words).
  • Other -
    • Writing Sample (no more than 15 pages)
  • Other -
    • Law School Transcripts (unofficial can be submitted for the application process)
  • Other -
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your legal work.  At least one letter should be from a law school professor.
  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NC8SQ6N

     
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:

 A demonstrated interest in public service; a strong academic record at an accredited law school; journal, moot court and/or mock trial experience; and excellent writing skills. The Attorney General's Honors Program GLA positions are designed for applicants who are in their third year of law school and students in their final year of other graduate law programs (e.g. LL.M. programs). The program is also designed for applicants who are judicial clerks or who are participating in government, academic or public interest fellowships. Applicants must plan to take the July 2021 California Bar Exam. Failure to pass the bar exam within 12 months of employment as a GLA may result in termination from the program.

 

Benefits

Please access this link to the CalHR Benefit Summary for information on benefits afforded to employees who work for the State of California:https://www.calhr.ca.gov/Pages/California-State-Civil-Service-Employee-Benefits-Summary.aspx

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
AG Honors Program
(000) -
aghonorsapps@doj.ca.gov

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
EERROffice@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 Information

Personal Leave Program:
Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to wage reductions in exchange for Personal Leave Program (PLP) accruals. The specific rate and hours earned were negotiated and agreed upon by each bargaining unit. More information regarding PLP can be found here http://hrmanual.calhr.ca.gov/Home/ManualItem/1/2113.

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.

Unofficial law school transcripts will be accepted during the application process; however, submission of official transcripts or degree is required prior to appointment.

Employment will not begin until September 2021.

Appointments to the Graduate Legal Assistant class will be limited term and may become permanent based upon Attorney list eligibility.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail
Drop-off