Job Posting: Deputy Legislative Counsel

Office of Legislative Counsel

Deputy Legislative Counsel

$5,756.00 - $9,838.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/14/2020

Job Description and Duties

  • Researching, developing, and drafting legislative bills and amendments to legislative bills, after conferring with or receiving direction from Members of the Legislature, legislative staff, or other authorized persons.

  • Researching, developing, and preparing formal oral or written legal opinions on a variety of issues relating to existing law or proposed legislation.

  • Providing informal oral legal advice and consultation to Members of the Legislature, legislative staff, State officers, and other authorized persons on a variety of issues, including legislative rules and procedures, legislative proposals, existing law and legal precedent, and how to accomplish desired statutory goals.

  • Appearing before legislative committees to provide legal advice on existing law or proposed legislation.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Deputy Legislative Counsel
$5,756.00 - $5,988.00 A
$5,763.00 - $6,581.00 B
$6,952.00 - $8,743.00 C
$7,824.00 - $9,838.00 D
$4,560.00 - $5,207.00 A
$4,560.00 - $5,207.00 L
$9,467.00 - $12,153.00
$10,461.00 - $13,435.00
$5,756.00 - $5,987.00 A
$5,763.00 - $6,579.00 B
$6,946.00 - $8,735.00 C
$7,818.00 - $10,028.00 D
$5,756.00 - $5,987.00 L
$5,763.00 - $6,579.00 M
$6,946.00 - $8,735.00 N
$7,818.00 - $10,028.00 O
$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 A
$9,463.00 - $12,140.00 L
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 A
$10,453.00 - $13,421.00 L
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Legislative Counsel is a small civil service department whose mission is to provide legal services and information technology support services to the State Legislature.  Office of Legislative Counsel employees are excluded from collective bargaining and, therefore, receive enhanced benefits and do not contribute fair share.

Legal staff in the Office of Legislative Counsel provides professional services to Members of the California Legislature and, in certain situations, to the executive and judicial branches of state government and to private citizens.Under supervision of a Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel, the incumbent will provide legal services primarily in the context of assignments relating to a specific code or codes. Duties become more complex at the higher attorney classifications such as at the Deputy Legislative Counsel III and IV.

Special Requirements

Submit a standard state application, resume, and supplemental application.

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: 2/14/2020

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 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:

Office of Legislative Counsel
Attn: Kayla Riley
925 L Street, Suite 900
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Kayla Riley
925 L Street, Suite 900
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 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.
  • Supplemental Application - The Supplemental Application is under Duty Statement
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:

Membership in the California State Bar. Applicants who are not members of the California State Bar, but who are eligible to take the California State Bar examination or are in their final year of law school, will be considered for appointment at the Graduate Legal Assistant classification.


Knowledge of: Scope and character of California statutory laws and provisions of the California State Constitution, including their relationship to judicial precedents and Federal constitutional provisions and laws, rules, organization, and operation of the California State Legislature; purposes, organization, procedures, and work of the Office of Legislative Counsel; tables and indexes used in drafting legislation and in preparing opinions; legal terminology and correct English; performing legal research; and legal principles and precedents and their application to difficult, complex, and novel legal problems.


Ability to: Use correct English; perform and direct legal research; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically; perform difficult statute drafting and codification work; dictate and review a large volume of legal correspondence; work effectively under high pressure and unfavorable conditions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; and follow instructions. A greater degree of these Knowledge and Abilities is required at each higher level.

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Hua Chu
(916) 341-8341

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:
Human Resources
(916) 341-8330
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.

Supplemental Application

The Supplemental Application is under Duty Statement.

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