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Deputy Attorney General - Correctional Law Section STATEWIDE

Company name
California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

San Diego, CA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Feb 27, 2023


The Correctional Law Section is one of the largest in the Civil Division of the California Attorney General’s Office, with approximately 125 deputies in several locations statewide.  Our section offers opportunities to work on individual civil rights cases, high-profile matters, appeals, and class-actions.  Deputies in the Correctional Law Section defend state employees in federal and state litigation brought by inmates.  Deputies provide excellent representation to high-ranking government officials as well as correctional administrators and employees.

TO APPLY:  To apply for this position, visit  This position may be filled in Sacramento (JC-347067), San Francisco (JC-347068), Los Angeles (JC-347069), San Diego (JC-347070), or Fresno (JC-347071).  This is a full-time position, in a collegial office environment, with opportunities for intermittent telework. 

Deputy Attorney General Duties

  • Engaging in all aspects of civil litigation, from inception through trial, settlement, or appeal  
  • Investigating facts and analyzing documentary evidence
  • Appearing in all levels of state and federal courts
  • Exercising independence and initiative in cases involving cutting-edge issues of Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Carrying a caseload while working collaboratively with supervisors and colleagues to achieve excellent results for the State of California
  • Traveling as necessary for depositions, witness interviews, client meetings, and site inspections inside correctional institutions statewide

Desirable Qualifications

  • Active member in good standing of the California state bar
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience handling complex litigation
  • Experience drafting discovery motions, dispositive motions, and appellate briefs
  • Strong oral-argument skills
  • Experience appearing in trial and appellate courts
  • Experience participating in mediations or settlement conferences
  • Experience in civil discovery, depositions, trial preparation, bench or jury trials, and appellate work
  • Interest in correctional law, prison procedures, and applicable constitutional law

Strong applicants will have researched, written, and argued at least one dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appeal within the prior year, and will have responded to and propounded discovery (including at least one deposition) within the prior year.

Salary Ranges

  • Deputy Attorney General (less than 6 years of experience):  $7,153.00 - $10,836.00
  • Deputy Attorney General III (at least 6 years of legal experience):  $10,225.00 - $13,118.00
  • Deputy Attorney General IV (at least 10 years of legal experience):  $11,296.00 - $14,503.00

NOTE REGARDING APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please note that the State of California requires you to complete the Civil Service application process, and applying on LawCrossing does not complete this process. If you would like to complete the application process, please visit

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California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
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