Job Posting: Office of the Solicitor General

Department of Justice

JC-214224
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Office of the Solicitor General
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

$5,756.00 - $10,028.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 10/26/2020

Job Description and Duties

As part of the Attorney General's Honors Program, the Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship selects one recent law school graduate to serve in a limited term assignment as an Earl Warren Fellow in the California Office of the Solicitor General. The Solicitor General is responsible for ensuring the excellence of the Attorney General's appellate practice. The Office of the Solicitor General serves as a clearinghouse for appeals handled by the Department of Justice; provides appellate advice to all divisions within the Department of Justice; prepares or oversees the preparation of briefs, petitions, and other papers filed in appellate courts, including the U.S. and California Supreme Courts; argues appeals in federal and state courts; and supports the improvement of appellate practice skills Department-wide. The Office's cases often address significant constitutional, statutory, and policy questions arising in diverse areas of both civil and criminal law. The Warren Fellow participates in and supports the work of the Office, working with other attorneys in the Office and the Department on a wide variety of civil, criminal, and public-rights matters, often under tight deadlines. Duties include researching and advising on complex or novel legal issues; assisting with the review and preparation of recommendations concerning Department action in appellate matters, including filing or joining amicus curiae briefs in significant cases; assisting with the drafting and reviewing of court papers and with preparation for oral argument, including participating in moot courts; and assisting with the development and implementation of best practices for appellate litigation.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
JC-214224
Position #(s):
420-079-5730-XXX
Working Title:
Office of the Solicitor General
Classification:
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
$5,756.00 - $10,028.00
GRADUATE LEGAL ASSISTANT
$4,560.00 - $5,207.00
# of Positions:
1
Work Location:
San Francisco County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

  • This position will be part of the Attorney General's Honors Program.
  • This position will be located in the Office of the Solicitor General.
  • 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.
  • This is a 12-month limited term position, but it may be extended to a maximum of 24 months and/or may become a permanent position based upon operational needs.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-214224) 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 Warren Fellowship; your commitment to public service; and any relevant work and volunteer experience (no more than 1000 words).

  • Other -
    • Appellate Work Statement - this statement should address your interest in appellate work; any additional appellate advocacy experience; and any other relevant appellate experience or coursework (no more than 500 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 -
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:
The Attorney General's Honors Program is designed for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers who are committed to public service and have excellent writing skills. Desirable qualifications include; an excellent academic record at an accredited law school; journal, moot court and/or mock trial experience; judicial clerkship experience; and a demonstrated interest in public service. Applicants to the Warren Fellowship program should have clerkship experience with the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, or a federal court of appeals. Applicants should be near the beginning of their legal careers, within 1-3 years of completion of a clerkship.

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
(916) -
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 Job Related Information

  • Employment will not begin until September 2021.
  • The Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship is a limited term assignment. OSG and Department staff will work with well-qualified participants near the close of their Fellowships to find appropriate employment opportunities throughout the Department.
  • Individuals who are new to State service must have list eligibility and be reachable on the list in order to gain employment with the Office of the Attorney General. For more information on the process, and to access the Graduate Legal Assistant or Attorney examinations, please visit http://oag.ca.gov/careers/exams.

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