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Department of Justice


$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 2/28/2022

Job Description and Duties


Are you looking to make a difference? Do you want to challenge yourself with high level important work that impacts the public in California, and nationally? Are you looking for the opportunity to take charge of your cases and to first-chair trials?


Join the State of California’s largest law firm and help administer justice on behalf of 40 million Californians. At the California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General, you will be a part of a diverse group of over 5,000 professionals whose primary mission is to deliver fairness and equality under the law, through a broad spectrum of programs and services.


The DOJ’s Employment and Administrative Mandate (EAM) Section is seeking to hire civil litigators to represent the interests of the People of the State of California as part of the State’s largest group of employment specialists.


Deputies assigned to the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section handle a broad range of civil cases. We focus on public employment litigation in state and federal courts and provide employment-related advice to a large group of state agencies. We defend over 100 state agencies in connection with lawsuits involving claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, and a variety of retaliation statutes, among others. EAM attorneys handle the litigation matters from inception through trial, and handle any appeals arising from the cases.


We strive to ensure that our work serves the best interests of our clients and of the People of the State of California. In connection with these goals, EAM attorneys also provide advice and guidance to state agencies on a variety of personnel matters; prosecute disciplinary matters before the State Personnel Board; and conduct EEO, workplace violence, whistleblower and other misconduct investigations on behalf of state agencies. EAM deputies also frequently provide EEO training to agencies throughout the state.


Additionally, EAM represents clients such as the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Horse Racing Board, the State Lottery Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a wide variety of legal matters including petitions for writ of mandate involving licensing issues.


The EAM section has approximately 100 attorneys and paralegals practicing in offices throughout California. EAM’s employment litigation practice regularly involves high-level legal analysis and briefing, jury trials, evidentiary hearings, and appellate arguments in state and federal courts. EAM attorneys frequently handle cases of interest to the public that are reported on by the media.

EAM deputies are expected to efficiently produce written work of excellent quality, including demurrers and motions to dismiss, discovery motions, motions for summary judgment, mediation and trial briefs, and appellate briefs. EAM deputies must be able to communicate effectively and in a timely manner with judges, juries, supervisors, client representatives, and witnesses. Working cooperatively and effectively with opposing counsel, colleagues, clients and witnesses is also necessary. EAM is committed to providing attorneys with opportunities for professional growth in a collegial working environment.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 A
$11,020.00 - $14,149.00 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
$11,641.00 - $14,857.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Employment and Administrative Mandate Section.

  • DAG IV and DAG V consideration - lateral transfers only.  

  • 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

  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.

  • Deputies assigned to the EAM Section must be willing and able to travel and may be required to travel to remote locations within the State, sometimes with little notice and sometimes for lengthy periods of time.

  • Must be willing and able to work a full-time schedule which may exceed a 40 hour week when operational needs require. Candidates should be able to work a full-time schedule which may include long hours and weekends when necessary, to effectively represent our clients.
  • 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: 
  • Deputies must be active members of the California State Bar.
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classification will be made using the Attorney examination. The Attorney and DAG III examination may be found on-line at

  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-280935) 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 STD 678 State Application.
  • EAM deputies are expected to manage their own work-related calendars with multiple deadlines and appearances in varied venues in a timely manner meeting all applicable deadlines.

  • EAM deputies will be required to travel to conduct witness interviews and may be required to travel and attend lengthy trials and hearings in other counties requiring overnight stays.

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: 2/28/2022

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:

Department of Justice
Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-280935)
1300 I Street Suite 720
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
Heather Nguyen (JC-280935)
1300 I Street Suite 720
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.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other - Writing sample from the following list: an appellate brief, a memorandum in support of a motion for summary judgment, a trial brief, a mediation brief, or a motion to dismiss or closing argument before an administrative body.
  • 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:

Candidates should possess excellent verbal and legal writing skills.  Civil litigation experience is required, with experience in California state or federal courts preferred.

EAM deputies should have the ability to effectively conduct and defend depositions, interview witnesses, and examine both percipient and expert witnesses at hearings and trials. EAM deputies also should be able to effectively and efficiently conduct legal research as well as understand and use numerous documents from numerous sources. Deputies will be expected to learn and competently navigate litigation and document management software.

Additionally, EAM deputies should be able to effectively advise and communicate with clients.  Deputies should be able to competently advocate for clients orally and in writing, including preparing briefs before administrative bodies, trial courts, and appellate courts.

The successful candidate should be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of attorneys, paralegals, support staff, and clients. EAM deputies are expected to behave with the highest level of professionalism even in high stress situations, and understand and abide by the laws of the State of California, Rules of Professional Responsibility and ethics required of all attorneys of this office.


Please access this link 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:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

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 Information on Application Filing

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. 

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