Sacramento, Fresno, and San Francisco, California

Posted Date

February 5, 2024

Contact Information

Alysia Phillips

The California Department of Justice is hiring multiple attorneys to join the Appeals, Writs, and Trials Section of the Criminal Law Division. These positions may be filled in our Sacramento, Fresno, or San Francisco offices.

These positions will consider Graduate Legal Assistants. Persons in their last year of law school may apply but may not be appointed until they have eligibility to take the California State Bar examination.

Attorneys in this Appeals, Writs and Trials section handle felony criminal appeals and related writs before the state courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court, including death penalty cases.

Attorneys also respond to habeas corpus litigation in the United States District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Federal habeas litigation may involve discovery and evidentiary hearings.

Deputies can expect frequent oral arguments in the First and Sixth Districts of the California Court of Appeal, located in San Francisco and San Jose, or the Third and Fifth Appellate Districts of the California Court of Appeal, located in Sacramento and Fresno, as well as occasional appearances in the California Supreme Court, the United States District Courts, Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

While DOJ supports telework, in-person attendance may be required based on operational needs.

Salary Ranges (Monthly)

  • Graduate Legal Assistant: $5,075.00 – $6,085.00
  • DAG (0-5 years of legal experience) $7,737.00 – $11,173.00
  • DAG III (5+ years of legal experience) $10,536.00 – $13,526.00
  • DAG IV (6+ years of legal experience) $11,644.00 – $14,954.00

Benefits of working for the State of California

  • Work-life balance
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Flexible paid leave options
  • Consistent wage increases
  • Pension retirement
  • Job Stability
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • And more!


Minimum Qualifications

  • Deputy Attorney General: Must be an active member of the California State Bar.
  • Graduate Legal Assistant: Be eligible to take the California State Bar OR in your final year of law school

Desirable Qualifications

  • Strong legal research and writing ability
  • Interest in prosecution
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of criminal laws and procedures
  • Trial experience