Job Posting: Business Litigation Section

Department of Justice

Business Litigation Section

$5,383.00 - $6,739.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/8/2021

Job Description and Duties

The Business Litigation Section defends a variety of state agencies in all phases of civil litigation in state and federal trial courts, including federal bankruptcy court, and on appeal. Matters are often complex challenges to government decisions presenting questions of first impression about constitutional and statutory interpretation.

The Business Litigation Section is seeking an AGPA who is interested in working alongside teams of experienced civil litigators on complex litigation and trials, specifically, on improving the operational efficiency, performance, and litigation experience by creating case-specific systems for indexing and managing discovery and case documents for easy retrieval and analysis, as well as for calendaring, for training attorneys and staff on use of those systems, and for regularly reevaluating and updating those systems. The AGPA may also provide support to attorneys by interviewing witnesses and participating in investigations, searching court records for documents; researching and interviewing experts; drafting discovery requests and responses; drafting correspondence; reviewing documents and coding for privilege; preparing documents and logs for production; assisting in depositions; conducting legal research; organizing and preparing documents for hearing and trial; assisting deputies during trial; and communicating with court personnel. The AGPA may prepare draft legal pleadings, motions, orders, stipulations, and cost bills, as well as record on appeal. The AGPA may proofread legal documents and check for proper citation form. The AGPA, under the supervision of an SDAG or SAAG, will take the administrative lead in cases, soliciting and providing updates for pending litigation matters, assisting with the contracting process, preparing fiscal monitoring projections and analysis of expenditures, providing justification for purchases, travel requests, and mandated reports. The successful candidate will be flexible and versatile in responding to the needs of each case, and be able to work easily and collaboratively with everyone in the section, other parts of the office (especially LAO, CMS, CJIS, Contracts Unit, and Civil Division Executive Staff), outside document management organizations, and clients. The successful candidate will have effective analytical skills, research skills, writing skills, communication and collaboration skills, organizational ability, and knowledge of and familiarity with applications commonly used in law offices and for case, documents, and project management. The successful candidate will not just do what is asked, but will look for opportunities to assist in other ways. Some travel may be required.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Business Litigation Section
$5,383.00 - $6,739.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
8 AM - 5 PM
Work Week:
Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, The Business Litigation Section and may be filled in Sacramento (JC-270306), San Francisco (JC-270302), Los Angeles (JC-270290), or San Diego (JC-270104). Please clearly indicate your preferred city in the "Explanations" section of your State 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. 
  • For more information about the Department of Justice, please visit the Attorney General’s website at 
  • The Department of Justice will not be considering a Training & Development assignment for this position at this time.

Special Requirements

  •  A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-270290) 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 list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. The process is described at 
  • If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma. Unofficial school transcripts may be accepted during the application process; however, submission of official transcripts or your diploma is required prior to appointment.

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: 11/8/2021

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.

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: Vicki Culpepper
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:

Department of Justice
Vicki Culpepper
Office of the Attorney General/Civil Law Division
1300 I Street, 10th 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.
  • Other -
    • Cover letter is required.
    • A writing sample is required.
  • 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:

Demonstrated experience as an innovative and creative thinker who possesses strong organizational, technical, written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Fluency in a variety of computer programs including Excel, Power Point, ProLaw, and Word, and ability learn other programs, as needed. Demonstrated ability at tasks requiring attention to detail. Good judgment, and ability to maintain calm in high-pressure circumstances. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work independently and also seek appropriate guidance. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people, and form strong working relationships. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and perform a range of difficult duties that require tact, flexibility, and discretion. Some legal background is preferred.


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Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Lisa Chao
(213) 269-6239

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 Job Related Information

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.