Department of Justice


$3,682.00 - $6,290.00

Final Filing Date: 3/7/2018

Job Description and Duties

Incumbent will provide paralegal support in state and federal civil cases in the area of employment law and will be working in a year-round active trial unit. Under the supervision of an attorney, the incumbent will be responsible for performing discovery-related tasks including preparing subpoenas, drafting and reviewing responses to propounded discovery such as interrogatories, requests for admissions, and production of documents, and working on document productions. Incumbent will also work with computerized data bases including Relativity, conduct computer legal research, and draft other written work product such as memoranda, exhibit and witness lists.

An important part of the incumbent’s job duties involves preparing for hearings and trial including contacting and subpoenaing witnesses, organizing and marking documents, and preparing trial and hearing binders. Incumbent may assist an attorney at trial including operating TrialDirector or similar trial presentation software at trial.

The incumbent will independently make contact with client agencies, interview and prepare witnesses, gather pertinent files and records from various state agencies, medical offices, hospitals, or police departments.

The incumbent may be required to sit at a computer terminal while performing regular duties for approximately six to eight hours a day; may be required to travel to conduct witness interviews; may be required to attend lengthy trials in other counties; and must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$5,022.00 - $6,290.00
$3,682.00 - $4,609.00
$4,177.00 - $5,230.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Employment and Administrative Mandate Section. 
  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.
  • 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

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-90560) 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 State Application (STD 678) form.
  • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the “Explanations” section located on near the bottom of the first page of your State Application (STD 678) form. LEAP eligibility should not be disclosed.
  • Individuals who are new to State service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at:

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: 3/7/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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: Connie Lemus
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Personnel Liaison-Civil Division (JC-90560)
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • Other -
    • Cover Letter.  
    • Writing Sample.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:
Candidates should possess superior verbal, writing, and computer skills. The ability to comfortably use Westlaw, LexisNexis, Excel, ProLaw, and similar programs is a plus. Candidates should also be able to interact professionally and effectively with, and be able to take direction from, a diverse group of attorneys and clients. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills; analytical ability; superior and effective communication skills; and the ability to work independently and under pressure and strict time constraints. Knowledge of filing procedures is preferred. Candidates should have the ability to multi-task such that they can work simultaneously on more than one case or project at a time and have the ability to comply with office and court deadlines.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Miguel Neri, SDAG
(510) 879-0755

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.

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