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Job Posting: Opinion Unit Attorney

Department of Justice

Opinion Unit Attorney

$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/6/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Opinion Unit prepares Attorney General opinions that are issued to members of the Legislature, the Governor, state agencies, district attorneys, county counsel, sheriffs, and other public officials.  Formal Attorney General opinions and other analysis or advice contribute to the development of the law in California and the formulation of policy both within and outside the Department of Justice.

Attorney General opinions typically respond to questions of law submitted by public officials pursuant to Government Code Section 12519.  Opinion requests often present novel, complex, and politically sensitive questions across a wide range of legal issues.  The Opinion Unit also manages the Attorney General’s review of quo warranto applications filed by private attorneys pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Sections 803-810, and generally supervises the litigation that ensues if an application is granted.  At times, the Unit provides other legal analysis or advice to the Attorney General or undertakes special projects for the Department of Justice.

Opinion Unit deputies have primary responsibility for researching and drafting Attorney General opinions, as well as handling special assignments upon request.  Attorney General opinions undergo extensive internal review, and deputies revise draft opinions based on input from supervisors, executive staff, and colleagues throughout the Department.  Other duties include handling opinion-related communication with public officials, stakeholders, legal professionals, and members of the public.  The Opinion Unit prides itself on its professionalism and collegiality, and deputies are expected to work collaboratively with other members of the Unit and colleagues throughout the Department.  

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Opinion Unit Attorney
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 A
$6,979.00 - $7,259.00 A
$6,987.00 - $7,976.00 B
$7,323.00 - $9,209.00 C
$8,242.00 - $10,572.00 D
$11,020.00 - $14,149.00 A
$11,641.00 - $14,857.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Opinion Unit, Directorate Division, and may be filled in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, or San Francisco.  Please indicate your preferred location on your application.
  • 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 IV and V consideration - lateral transfers only.
  • For more information about the Department of Justice, please visit the Attorney General’s website at
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-274058) 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.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have eligiblity 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 classification will be made using the Attorney examination.  The Attorney and DAG III examinations may be found on-line at
  • DAG III applicants are those with at least six years of legal experience.
  • DAG Range A - D are applicants with less than 6 years of experience.

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: 12/6/2021

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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: Danielle Newman (JC-274058)
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:

Department of Justice
Danielle Newman (JC-274058)
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 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - The statement is a narrative discussion of how your education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify you for the position.  The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) serves as a documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length.  Vague and/or incomplete SOQ may not be considered if they do not fully respond to the required information.  Cover letters do not take the place of the SOQ.
  • Other -

    Writing sample consisting of a legal memorandum, brief, or similar document with original research, analysis, and drafting.  Please describe the amount of editing reflected in the writing sample.

  • Other -

    Click on the following link to complete the California Department of Justice Recruitment Survey:

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:
  1. A demonstrated track record of excellence in legal research, writing, and analysis; including the ability to analyze complex questions of law and produce high quality work within a short timeframe.  
  2. Experience working both independently and as part of a team to draft legal briefs, memoranda, or opinions; including experience reviewing and editing others’ work.
  3. Familiarity with the operation of state or local governmental entities; experience working with public officials and handling sensitive issues with diplomacy and good judgment.
  4. Interest in learning new areas of law and addressing novel legal problems of every kind, ranging from obscure technical regulations to fundamental constitutional principles.  
  5. Highest levels of professionalism, ethics, and integrity; strong interpersonal communication and collaboration skills.  


Please access this link to the CalHR Benefit Summary for information on benefits afforded to employees who work for the State of California:

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Danielle Newman
(916) 210-6197

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

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.  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 send your application via US Mail, please confirm receipt with HR Contact listed above.

Additional Job Related Information

This position is pending budget approval.

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