Job Posting: Environment Section Graduate Legal Assistant

Department of Justice

Environment Section Graduate Legal Assistant

$4,807.00 - $5,489.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Are you looking for job satisfaction and want to make a difference? Do you want to challenge yourself and work to protect the environment and precious natural resources
of California? Then come work with like-minded legal professionals and join the Environment Section at the California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney
General. We are seeking exceptional, motivated candidates for multiple vacancies in our section.

The Environment Section handles a broad range of significant environmental matters on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California. Assignments may
include: conducting environmental litigation through all phases of state and federal courts; representation of the Attorney General in his independent capacity, pursuant to
his statutory and common law authority to protect the environment; representation of state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Toxic Substances
Control and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment; initiating environmental investigations; prosecution of environmental crimes on behalf of the People; close coordination with District Attorneys, including joint prosecutions of both civil and criminal environmental cases; and providing legal advice on an ongoing basis to client agencies and to the Attorney General.

Graduate Legal Assistants (GLAs) who are part of the Environment Section, work as part of a dynamic legal team committed to public service. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, GLAs will have the opportunity to work on substantive legal matters of public interest and importance. They conduct legal and other research and assist in preparing a variety of legal documents, including briefs, memoranda and legislative analyses, often under tight deadlines, for client agencies or the Attorney General and other constitutional officers.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Environment Section Graduate Legal Assistant
$4,807.00 - $5,489.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time
Work Week:

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Division of Public Rights, Environment Section and may be filled in either San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, or Sacramento.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: bi-weekly. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is thebasis of their eligibility.
    • Appointments to the Graduate Legal Assistant class will be Limited Term and may become permanent based on Deputy Attorney General 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.
      • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. For more information on the process, and to access the Graduate Legal Assistant examination, please visit
      • Clearly indicate the Job Control Code (JC-307602) 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.
      • Unofficial law school transcripts will be accepted during the application process; however, submission of official transcripts is required prior to appointment.
      • Appointment to the Graduate Legal Assistant (GLA) class is limited term. Permanent appointment to the Deputy Attorney General (DAG) class may be based on successful admission to the California State Bar and DAG list eligibility.

      Application Instructions

      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: Until Filled

      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: Courtney Tanner (JC-307602)
      1300 I Street 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
      Courtney Tanner (JC-307602)
      1300 I Street 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 - A cover letter is required and must be submitted.
      • Other - Writing Sample, consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief is required.
      • Other -

        (Optional) 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:

      A demonstrated interest in public service; a strong academic record at an accredited law school; journal, moot court and/or mock trial experience; and excellent writing skills. Candidates should be highly motivated to work on environmental matters. Candidates should be well organized and detail oriented, and be able to work under tight deadlines and pressure. We are seeking candidates who have a positive attitude, are team players, have an excellent work ethic, and are willing and able to take direction. The ability to work well with a variety of personalities is crucial. This position requires strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to provide competent and reliable service to a large number of state client agencies and their in-house counsel in litigation settings. Candidates are expected to behave with the highest level of professionalism, including in high-stress situations, and be able to foster and maintain good relations with clients and deputies within the section.


      Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

      Contact Information

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

      Human Resources Contact:
      Courtney Tanner
      (916) 210-7235

      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. 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.