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					California State Government Employment

The State of California offers a wide variety of opportunities for legal employment in practice
areas that vary from health care, to criminal law, to drafting legislation. The listings that follow
are just a sample of the many state agencies that employ attorneys. Many offices were not
included in this guide because they hire too infrequently. Keep in mind however that many of
these offices that were not included may still have great employment opportunities. You can
find listings of all California state offices that hire attorneys and their hiring needs at the
California State Personnel Board website (www.spb.ca.gov).

Most California State offices conduct their hiring through the State Personnel Board. California
employs a civil service system in which applicants must take specific tests to qualify for a list
from which specific agencys fill positions. The exams are given periodically and those
interested should visit the State Personnel Board’s website for exam information.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the extensive centralization of the state government hiring process
thorugh the State Personnel Board, many of the listings below contain only a description of the
office or omit contact information. Unless otherwise listed, please do not contact these offices
regarding employment without having checked the resources and information available through
the State Personnel Board. Many of these offices are amicable to inquires from interested
applicants, but they are very busy and few have staff dedicated to hiring because of the
availability of the Personnel Board. If no information is listed regarding the hiring process,
please proceed though the Board.




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State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

1300 I Street, Suite 1150, Sacramento, CA 95814

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:                 (916) 322-3360
Fax:                   (916) 323-5341
Website:               www.caag.state.ca.us

DESCRIPTION

The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before
trial, appellate and the supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General
also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with a few exceptions, to state agencies, boards
and commissions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please apply through the California State Personnel Board.




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California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

2014 T Street, Suite 210, Sacramento, CA 95814

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:        (916) 478-7200
Fax:          (916) 478-7320
Website:      www.dfeh.ca.gov

DESCRIPTION

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) litigates employment and
housing discrimination cases before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and in
Superior Courts. The DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was
established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was
initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please apply through the California State Personnel Board.




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California Department of Health Services - Office of Legal Services

714 P Street, Room 1216, Sacramento, CA 95814

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:

Barbra Hames (for information)
California State Personel Board (for jobs)
Phone:                (916) 440-7700 (Barbra Hames)
Email:                bhames@bhs.ca.gov
Website:              www.dhs.ca.gov

DESCRIPTION

The Office of Legal Services for the California Department of Health Services (OLS) is a
government legal office that enforces public health care in public facilities, such as hospitals and
group homes. OLS also administers medical programs.

Practice Areas: Government law, public health, medical, administrative litigation, in-house
counsel to department programs.

Number of attorneys: 60 - 70

REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the California State Bar is required for entry level positions. No experience is
necessary. There is no clerkship program for applicants awaiting bar results, however, unpaid
volunteer positions may be available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Once an applicant finds a position they are interested in by checking OLS’s website, they must
take an official California State civil service and standard counsel exam test through the State
Personnel Board. After passing the test, applicants are placed on the staff counsel exam list.
OLS sends a contact letter to people on this list who must then respond and be availible for
interview. The process for current state employees may differ because of lateral transfer rights.




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Office of the State Public Defender

221 Main Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website:              www.ospd.ca.gov

DESCRIPTION

The Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) represents indigent criminal defendants on
appeal from their convictions or sentences in serious felony or capital cases. The OSPD was
created by the California Legislature in 1976 to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal.
The office was formed in response to the need of the state appellate courts, for consistent, high-
quality representation for defendants.

Number of Attorneys: 50

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please apply through the California State Personel Board.




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Office of Legislative Counsel

State Capitol, Suite 3021, Sacramento, CA 95814-4996

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:                 (916) 341-8330
Email:                 lcbpersonnel@legislativecounsel.ca.gov
Website:               www.legislativecounsel.ca.gov
                       www.spb.ca.gov (for job listings)

DESCRIPTION

As a nonpartisan office, the Office of Legislative Counsel (OLC) drafts legislation, renders legal
opinions, and provides legal services that the Legislature and its members require in connection
with their legislative activities.

Number of Attorneys: 84

REQUIREMENTS

Persons who are currently eligible to take the California State Bar examination may be hired for
a Graduate Legal Assistant position. Persons who are active members of the California State Bar
may be hired as a Deputy Legislative Counsel class. See the OLC website for more information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The OLC is a state civil service agency. As a civil service agency, the OLC’s employment
practices are subject to the rules and regulations that govern the state civil service system. While
turnover is minimal, some vacancies occur each year. Job vacancies for legal staff, and for other
positions in the office, are described under the Job Postings heading on the agency’s website, and
also at the State Personnel Board’s website, www.spb.ca.gov.

Each year in the fall, civil service examinations are held for the position of Deputy Legislative
Counsel and for entry-level Graduate Legal Assistant positions. Employment offers are usually
made shortly after the establishment of the employment list, however offers may be made to
people on the list for a period of up to twelve months.

Vacancies may also be filled at any time by hiring attorneys who are employed by another state
agency who meet the civil service requirements.




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California Public Utility Commission

505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:         415-703-2364
Website:       www.cpuc.ca.gov

DESCRIPTION

See website for all relevant qualification and job description information.

APPLICATION PROCEEDURE

Call or download an application from the website. Deliver completed application in person or by
mail to:

California Public Utilities Commission
Human Resources Division-Exam Unit
505 Van Ness Ave. Rm. 3008
San Fransisco, California 94102




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California State Franchise Tax Board

Sacramento, California

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website: www.ftb.ca.gov/human_resources/jobs/howtoapply.html

DESCRIPTION

See Website for all relevant job description and qualification information

APPLICATION PROCESS

Contact Recruitment Officer via email link on website. Follow the application procedure
outlined on the website. In addition you must apply through the State Personnel Board and
schedule an exam.




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California County and Local Government Employment

                                   District Attorney’s Offices

Each county has an Office of the District Attorney. In addition to prosecuting individuals
accused of crimes, these offices are also responsible for prosecuting environmental and
consumer fraud cases. Larger offices have separate units that specialize in these and other areas.

New attorneys gain extensive trial experience and assume significant case responsibilities from
the start. New Deputy D.A.s generally begin with arraignments and negotiations. Once Deputy
D.A.s have some trial experience they are given broad prosecutorial discretion.

Aside from the individual offices listed below, many district attorneys post available job listings
on a centralized state website. Please see www.cdaa.org for a complete listing of available
positions from participating District Attorney’s offices.

                                    Public Defender’s Offices

Public Defenders represent people accused of crimes who cannot afford private attorneys. Public
Defender’s offices are established within each county and at the state and federal level. These
are among the best offices in which to obtain trial experience. From the outset, deputy public
defenders are given a great deal of responsibility and the authority to determine litigation
strategy.

Public Defender offices are organized either "vertically," which means the attorney handles all
phases of the case from intake to dismissal or sentencing, or "horizontally," meaning the attorney
represents clients at only one phase, e.g., the preliminary examination. Generally, deputy public
defenders begin with misdemeanor traffic cases, moving on to felony trials in about two years.




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Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

201 N. Figueroa St., 13th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:      Human Resources Division

Phone:        (213) 202-7730

              800-970-5478 (Job Hotline)

Fax:          (213) 202-6084

Website:      da.co.la.ca.us

DESCRIPTION

The District Attorney of Los Angeles County is a non-partisan elected official. The District
Attorney’s Office prosecutes felony crimes throughout Los Angeles County and misdemeanor
crimes in most of the county’s cities. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the
largest local prosecutorial agency in the nation.

Practice Areas:       Criminal Prosecution, Felonies, Misdemeanors

Number of Attorneys: 1000+

REQUIREMENTS

Please visit website for employment opportunities. Applicants must be admitted to the
California State Bar. No experience is required for entry level positions. Those awaiting bar
results may apply to be a volunteer law clerk by sending a resume and letter of interest.
However, such positions do not become Deputy DA positions once positive bar results are
received.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Available jobs are listed on the Los Angeles County DAs website or the Job Hotline. Interested
applicants should fill out an application and mail it to the address listed above.




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Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office

210 West Temple Street
19-513 Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
Los Angeles, CA 90012

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:       Maria Cordero
Phone:                (213) 974-2962
                      1-800-970-5478 (Job Hotline)
Email:                pubdef@co.la.ca.us
Website:              http://pd.co.la.ca.us/
                      www.hr.co.la.ca.us

DESCRIPTION

The Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office renders legal services to individuals who are
accused of public offenses who cannot afford the services of a private attorney. They also
represent minors facing juvenile delinquency proceedings, individuals who are involuntarily
detained in medical facilities or mental health proceedings, and individuals who are subject to
contempt proceedings for violation of court orders, such as child support and child visitation or
custody orders.

Number of Attorneys: 500+

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of California. Senior law clerk positions
are available for applicants who have not yet received bar results. Contact the office for more
information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Public Defender's Office has a continuous exam notice for the Deputy Public Defender I
position, which is available on their website (http://pd.co.la.ca.us/employment.html). This exam
opens periodically, at which time interested persons are encouraged to apply. You may inquire
by telephone to find out whether the office is accepting applications for the Deputy Public
Defender I position by calling the Human Resources Division at (213) 974-2821. Those
interested must apply in person and bring two copies of their resume and Bar card.




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Orange County District Attorney’s Office

401 Civic Center Drive, West Santa Ana, CA 92702

CONTACT INFOMATION

Contact:       Elizabeth Ottenwalder
Phone:         (714) 374-8445
Fax:           (714) 347-8868
Email:         Elizabeth.ottenwalder@da.ocgov.com
Website:       www.ocgov.com (for jobs);
               www.oc.ca.gov/da (for Department information)

DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office is to enhance public safety and
welfare and create a sense of security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of
criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner.

Practice areas: Criminal prosecution, consumer law, environment, family law

Number of Attorneys: 178+

REQUIREMENTS

The District Attorney’s Office requires that candidates pass the California Bar before applying.

The District Attorney has a volunteer non-paid law clerk program. See
www.oc.ca.gov/volunteers/volunteers_page2.html for more information about the County’s
Volunteer/Internship Program.

See www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyi.htm for Minimum Qualifications for Attorney 1
classification (entry level). See www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyii.htm for Minimum
Qualifications for higher-level Attorney classification.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications and resumes can only be submitted when recruitment is open. Recruitment
information is posted on the County of Orange website, www.ocgov.com and it is recommended
that potential candidates sign up for an online account. Click How to Apply for instructions.
Before filling out an application, please create an account with Orange County. It is easy and
will give you access to your own County of Orange job search home page with several great
features:

           o Create a job application template, which makes applying for County jobs easy.
           o Specify which job or career categories interest you and you will be sent an email
             when an opening occurs.
           o Review job application(s) you have submitted over the past two months.

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Orange County Office of the Public Defender

14 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:              Diana Hantsche
Phone:                (714) 234-2144
Fax:                  (714) 834-2729
Email:                Diana.Hantsche@pubdef.ocgov.com
Website:              www.ocgov.com (for jobs)
Website:              www.oc.ca.gov/pd (for Department information)

DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Office of the Public Defender is to provide high quality legal representation
to clients in a cost-effective manner. Various people who come before the courts are entitled to
have counsel appointed to represent them because they lack the resources to hire an attorney.
These include defendants in criminal cases, persons who come before the court in Mental Health
cases, minors charged in Juvenile Court cases, and parents appearing in Dependency Court. The
Offices of the Public Defender are dedicated to preserving the constitutional and legal rights of
these persons, which in turn helps protect those important rights for all County residents.

Practice area: criminal law
Number of Attorneys: 202

REQUIREMENTS

The Orange County Public Defender’s Office requires that candidates pass the California Bar
before applying. Law students and those who have completed law school who have taken the
bar are encouraged to apply to be law clerks. However, a candidate hired as a law clerk while
waiting for bar results is not guaranteed an attorney position with the Department. To be
considered for a law clerk position, please send your resume and cover letter to Diana Hantsche
via mail or email (see contact information above).

See www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyi.htm for Minimum Qualifications for Attorney 1
classification (entry level). See www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyii.htm for Minimum
Qualifications for higher-level attorney classification.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications/resumes can only be submitted when recruitment is open. Recruitment information
is posted on the County of Orange website, www.ocgov.com and it is recommended that
potential candidates sign up for an online account. Click How to Apply for instructions. Before
you fill out the application, please create an account with Orange County. It is easy and will give
you access to your own County of Orange job search home page with several great features:

           o Create a job application template, which makes applying for County jobs easy.

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o Specify which job or career categories interest you and you will be sent an email
  when an opening occurs.
o Review job applications you have submitted over the past two months.




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San Diego County Public Defender’s Office

233 A Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:        Richard Castellanos
Phone:                 (619) 338-4700
Fax:                   (619) 338-4811
Email:                 Richard.Castellanos@sdcounty.ca.gov
Website:               www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cnty/cntydepts/safety/defender

DESCRIPTION

The San Diego County Public Defender’s Office represents indigent clients charged in criminal
matters.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, including adult criminal, juvenile criminal, juvenile
dependency, mental health cases, homicide, writs and appeals

Number of Attorneys: 204

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be licensed and in good standing with the California State Bar. Also, applicants
must pass all county requirements, including but not limited to a physical examination.

Post Bar Clerk positions are available for applicants that have not yet received their bar results
for entry level positions only. The office takes on Post Bar Clerks after each of the California Bar
Examinations, i.e., February and July. Post Bar Clerks are volunteer positions at this time. Post
Bar Clerks are assigned to a team of misdemeanor attorneys to assist with the management of a
caseload. Post Bar Clerks conduct jury trials, argue motions and appear in court on a daily
basis. Post Bar Clerks must be certified with the California State Bar (completed Evidence and
Civil Procedure and must have taken the first California Bar Examination for which they are
eligible). Licensed attorneys and those who are taking the Bar Examination for a second time
are ineligible for Post Bar Clerk positions. The Public Defender’s Office generally has seven
Post Bar Clerks after each of the two Bar Examinations (seven after the July Bar and seven after
the February Bar). The clerkship ends on the date Bar results are announced. The deadline for
applying is December for the February Bar, and May for the July Bar. It is required that clerks
pass all county requirements, including but not limited to a physical examination.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Those interested in attorney positions should apply through the Department of Human Resources
by way of a formal application. Formal applications are received only when an opening becomes
available. Applicants can forward a resume to the office to put the office on notice that they will
be applying formally. Without a formal application through the County's Department of Human
Resources, a candidate will NOT be considered for an entry-level attorney position.

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To determine the best time to apply, check with the Public Defender’s Office after bar results
become available.




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San Francisico District Attorney’s Office

850 Bryant Street, Room 325, San Fransisco, CA 94103

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website:       www.sfdistrictattorney.org

DESCRIPTION

The San Fransisco District Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of all criminal
matters in the City and County of San Fransisco.

Practice Areas: Criminal prosecution.
Number of Attorneys: 120+

REQUIREMENTS

Interested candidtates need not be admitted to the California State Bar before applying.
However, hiring or appointment to attorney positions is contingent upon successful passing of
the California State Bar Exam. An intern program is available for law students and post-
graduates awaiting their bar results. Interns are involved in the following duties: review police
reports, investigation chronologies, and criminal records; contact witnesses, victims, and police
officers; assist attorneys in court and with pre-hearing and pre-trial conferences; research and
write motions; discuss cases of disposition; observe hearings and trials; and, participate in court
(if certified).




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San Francisco County Public Defender

555 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Kathy Asada
Phone:         (415) 553-9630
Fax:           (415) 553-9810
Email:         Kathy_Asada@ci.sf.ca.us
Website:       www.ci.sf.ca.us/pd/

DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Public Defender's Office is to deliver competent, effective and ethical legal
representation to indigent persons accused of crimes and involved in conservatorship matters in
San Francisco. The department makes available expungement services to individuals who wish
to clear their criminal records or seek certificates of rehabiliation from the Governor.

Primary Practice Areas: Criminal Defense

Number of Attorneys: 85

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be admitted to the California State Bar for entry level positions. If funding is
available, a clerkship program is instituted for applicants who have not yet received bar results.
Non-entry level or lateral positions vary in terms of experience required. See listings for details.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The San Francisco Public Defender does not follow a civil service system. Interested applicants
should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and references directly to the Public
Defender’s Office.




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Alameda County District Attorney

1225 Fallon Street, Room 900, Oakland, CA 94612

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:        Kevin Dunleavy
Phone:                 (510) 268-7509
Email:                 Kevin.dunleavy@acgov.org
Website:               www.co.alameda.ca.us/da/

DESCRIPTION

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is a mid-sized office that was founded in 1853.
The best known DA of the office is Earl Warren who after serving as a deputy district attorney in
1920, and District Attorney in 1925, later became the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.

The office meets most of its hiring needs through its summer internship program. This is one of
the only offices in the country where summer interns will be able to prosecute misdemeanors
under the supervision of a deputy district attorney.

Number of Attorneys: 166

REQUIREMENTS

Must be admitted to the California State Bar for entry level positions. Experience for lateral
positions may vary, but laterals are seldom hired. There is no clerkship program available to
individuals awaiting bar results.

APPLICATION PROCDURE

The office’s main hiring vehicle is its summer intern program. The office does not usually
participate in on campus interviews, but applications are collected for paid summer positions
from second year students early in the fall semester. See the website above for more
information. Send resumes and cover letters to Kevin Dunleavy at the address listed above.

Lateral positions are seldom available. However, any openings will be posted on the DA’s
website. If no jobs are listed, those who are interested may fill out a job interest card so that they
may be notifed of available positions.




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Kern County District Attorney’s Office

1215 Truxton Ave, 4th Floor, Bakersfield CA 93311

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:        John Brownlee
Phone:                 (661) 868-2340
Fax:                   (661) 868-2700
Email:                 bjohn@co.kern.ca.us
Website:               www.co.kern.ca.us/da

DESCRIPTION

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office handles mainly criminal prosecutions and some civil
work. The office maintains its own crime lab. New deputy DA’s will start with misdemeanors
and law and motion practice for about eight months, then move on to felony pre-trial work
before engaging in felony trials.

Primary Practice Areas:       Felonies, Misdemeanors
                              90% Criminal Work, 10% Civil Work.

Number of Attorneys:          Approximately 75

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates do not need to have received bar results before applying. There is a clerkship
program for applicants awaiting bar results. Candidates can start as clerks usually for the months
of September, October, and November, and gain experience in the office before becoming a
deputy DA once their bar results have been received.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Contact John Brownlee for available positions or to send a resume and cover letter.

Hiring is conducted as needed. Most interviews are conducted during the fall. As of Summer
2003, there are no openings. None are expected until January 2004.




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Marin County District Attorney's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive Room #130, San Rafael, CA 94903

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Marin County Human Resources Department
               3501 Civic Center Dr, Rm 403 San Rafael 94903
Phone:         (415) 499-6104 (HR)
Fax:           (415) 399-6898
Email:         hrjobaps@co.marin.ca.us (Human Resources)
Website:       www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/DA/main/index.cfm
               www.co.marin.ca.us/jobs

DESCRIPTION

The Marin County District Attorney’s motto is: Prevention, Prosecution, Protection. The Marin
County District Attorney’s Office takes a proactive role in preventing crime by prosecuting with
integrity, equality and excellence. The Office of the District Attorney is the public prosecutor
whose is responsible for conducting all prosecutions for public offenses on behalf of the People.

Practice Areas: preparation and trial of criminal cases; advising the Grand Jury; trial and
accusations against public officials; false advertising and unlawful business practices; and
abating public nuisances.

REQUIREMENTS

May vary by position, see job class/benefits page on www.co.marin.ca.us/jobs for the details on
each position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Openings are posted on the county website as well as on the District Attorney’s website.
Interested applicants should request an application form, fill out the required materials and then
either send their materials to the Human Resources Office by mail, or drop them off in person.
Applications can also be filled out online. Contact Marin County Human Resources for more
details. If no positions are available those interested can fill out an interest card and will be
notified if a position becomes available within the next six months.




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Marin County Public Defender's Office

Hall of Justice, Room 139, San Rafael, CA 94903

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:              Marin County Human Resources Department
                      3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 403, San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone:                (415) 499-6104 (HR)
Fax:                  (415) 399-6898
Email:                hrjobaps@co.marin.ca.us (HR)
Website:              www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/PD/main/index.cfm (office)
                      www.co.marin.ca.us/jobs (HR)

DESCRIPTION

The Marin County Public Defender is appointed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to
manage a law office dedicated to fair representation for criminal, juvenile, and conservatorship
clients unable to afford their own attorneys.

REQUIREMENTS

Requirements may vary by position. See the job class/benefits page on www.co.marin.ca.us/jobs
for the details on each position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Openings are posted on the county website as well as on the public defender website (see above).
Interested applicants should request an application form, fill out the required materials and then
either send it to the Human Resources Office by mail or drop it off in person. Applications can
also be filled out online. Contact the Marin County Human Resources Department for more
details. If no positions are available those interested can fill out an interest card and will be
notified if a position becomes available within the next six months.




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Monterey County District Attorney’s Office

P.O. Box 1131, Salinas, CA 93902

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Human Resources (for job applications)
Terry Spitz (for DA info and letters of interest)
Phone:         (831) 755-5070
Fax:           (831) 755-5068
Email:         spitz@co.monterey.ca.us
Website:       www.co.monterey.ca.us (see jobs, and DA department subsection)

DESCRIPTION

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is responsible for filing criminal charges,
appearing court in all felony and misdemeanor cases, and representing the People in all trials and
sentencing proceedings in the courts of Monterey County.

Number of Attorneys: 46

Primary Practice Areas: Criminal prosecution, consumer fraud, environmental law, spousal
abuse, and family support

REQUIREMENTS

No experience required for entry level Deputy District Attorney I positions, although applicants
with internship or volunteer experience in criminal law are strongly preferred. There is no
formal clerkship program for applicants awaiting bar results, however, volunteer positions may
be available.

Experience requirements increase for Deputy District Attorney II – IV. See “jobs” at
www.co.monterey.ca.us.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Job openings are posted on the county website as well as at www.cdaa.org. Application forms
are available to download online, or by request from the county Human Resources Department.
All application materials should be sent to Human Resources.

Interested applicants may send letters of interest directly to the Monterey County District
Attorney’s Office, attention Terry Spitz. These letters are forwarded to a personnel analyst who
will add them to a list for job announcements based on positions for which the candidate may
qualify.

Hiring is not conducted at any particular time of year; hiring depends on the budget and
vacancies.



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Riverside County District Attorney’s Office

4075 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:      Emma Gutierrez
Phone:        (909) 955-5517
Fax:          (909) 955-9566
Website:      www.da-riverside.org

DESCRIPTION

Primary Practice Areas: consumer law, criminal law, death penalty, prisoner's rights,
environmental law, and energy

Number of Attorneys: 163

REQUIREMENTS

For 3L applicants, a law clerk intern program is available while awaiting bar results. Clerk
positions are paid, and depending on space the law clerks may offered a position as a Deputy DA
once bar results are received.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send a resume and cover letter to the Riverside County Human Resources Department at 4080
Leon Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Additional information is available at www.da-riverside.org.
The Human Resources Department will then notify applicants when positions become available
and what interview times are available.




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Law Offices of the Public Defender, County of Riverside

4200 Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Human Resources Department
Phone:         (909) 955-3500 (HR main office)
Fax:           (909) 955-3523
Email:         jobmatch@co.riverside.ca.us (send resume directly)
Website:       publicdef.co.riverside.ca.us/
               www.co.riverside.ca.us

DESCRIPTION

Represents indigent defendants charged in criminal matters.

Practice areas: Criminal and Civil

Number of Attorneys: Varies

REQUIREMENTS

Requirements vary with position. See listings for details (www.co.riverisde.ca.us/dept.hr).

Internship clerkship programs are available for applicants that have not yet received bar results.
Internships may be either paid or unpaid.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Candidates are encouraged to send their resume (serves as county’s application) detailing their
knowledge, skills, and abilities via email directly to jobmatch@co.riverside.ca.us or by US mail
to riverside County Human Resources , 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, CA 92502. Only one
resume is needed for candidate consideration of one or more multiple positions. Specific job
requests can be made in a cover letter.

All materials should be sent directly to the County Human Resources Department. Recruiters for
County offices review the database candidate pool and compare the County needs to the
candidate skill set. The most qualified candidates are certified and referred to a formal
interview. All resumes are placed in an “active status” for 12 consecutive months and will
automatically expire at the end of the period.

All open positions may not be advertised. Many positions are advertised in the “Hot Jobs” on
the HR page – others may be reviewed on the “Employment” page by typing the correct name of
the position in the “key-words” area.




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Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office

700 H Street, Suite 0270, Sacramento, CA 95814

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:     County Human Resources (for applications)
Douglas R. Welch, Esq. (for introduction)
Phone:       (916) 874-6061
             (916) 874-5593 (HR’s Employment Office)
Fax:         (916) 874-8707
Website:     http://hra.co.sacramento.ca.us/employ/opp/content.htm
             http://www.publicdefender.saccounty.net/

DESCRIPTION

The Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office Represents indigent defendants charged in
criminal matters.

Primary Practice Areas: Criminal defense

Number of Attorneys: 95

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements vary by position; see listings for details. Applicants must have
demonstrated an interest in criminal law, and criminal defense in particular. There is no formal
clerkship program for applicants who are not yet admitted to the State Bar, however legal
research assistant positions may be available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Sacramento County Public Defender uses a civil service system. Applicants should contact
Human Resources to apply for any available position. Available positions are posted on the
website and in local publications. Positions become available depending on office needs; the
office usually hires 6 – 10 attorneys per year.

Aside from the formal process, it is very helpful for applicants to send a cover letter and resume
directly to the Public Defender’s Office, or take other steps to make their name known.




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San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

412 Hospitality Lane, Suite 301, San Bernadino, CA 92415-0023

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:      San Bernardino County Human Resources
Phone:        (909) 387-5611 or 387-8304
Fax:          (909) 891-3552
Email:        Follow link on HR website
Website:      www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/hr

DESCRIPTION

Primary Practice Areas:     Criminal law and child support

Number of Attorneys:        200+

REQUIREMENTS

Contact Human Resources for more information. There is a volunteer program available for
applicants awaiting bar results.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Complete an online application, or pick up an application in person and submit to Human
Resources. The District Attorney’s Offices requests list from Human Resources then conduct
oral interviews and testing with potential employees.




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San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office

County Government Center, Room 450, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       San Luis Obispo Personnel Department (to apply)
               County Government Center, Room 384, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
               Michele Goula (with letters of interest)
Phone:         (805) 781-5959 (HR)
               (805) 781-5958 (job hotline)
                (805) 781-5800 (DA’s office)
                (805) 781-6804 (Michele Goula)
Fax:           (805) 781-1044 (HR)
                (805) 780-4307 (DA’s Office)
Email:         personnel@co.slo.ca.us
               mgoula@co.slo.ca.us
Website:       www.sloda.com/ (DA’s Office)
               www.countyofslo.org/personnel (HR)

DESCRIPTION

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office provides professional legal services in
collaboration with other law enforcement agencies to deter, investigate, and prosecute criminals.

Practice Areas: Criminal Prosecution

Number of Attorneys: 31

REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the California State Bar is required for entry level positions. Other positions may
require experience. Intern positions for individuals awaiting bar results are available on a
volunteer basis.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Listings are posted on the county personnel website listed above. All application materials and
hiring questions should be directed to the County Personnel Department. They encourage
interested applicants to contact the DA’s office directly with letters of interest. They maintain a
mailing list for two years and will inform those that have sent a letter of interest about available
positions.




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Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office

1105 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Santa Barbara County Human Resources
               1226 Anacapa Street Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
               Thomas W. Snedon (DA)
Phone:         (805) 568-2800 (HR)
                (805) 568-2820 (job hotline)
                (805) 568-2306 (DA)
Fax:           (805) 568-2833
               (805) 568-2398 (DA)
Email:         hr@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Website:       http://www.sbcountyhr.org/ (HR)

DESCRIPTION

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office reviews, investigates, deters, and
prosecutes all criminal and civil violations in order to protect the rights and ensure the safety of
the citizens of California within the County of Santa Barbara.

Practice Areas:        Criminal Prosecution

Number of Attorneys: 30

REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the California State Bar. Other requirements vary with position. No pre-bar law
clerks are hired, but volunteer positions may be available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office operates under a civil service system.
Hiring is handled by the Santa Barbara County Human Resources Department; job listings and
application materials can be obtained from them. Please visit the Human Resources website
listed above.




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Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office

1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Santa Barbara County Human Resources
               1226 Anacapa Street Suite 1, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:         (805) 568-3470 (Main office)
                (805) 568-2800 (HR)
                (805) 568-2820 (job hotline)
Fax:           (805) 568-2833
Email:         hr@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Website:       www.publicdefendersb.org/
               http://www.sbcountyhr.org/ (HR)

DESCRIPTION

The Office of the Public Defender exists to provide legal services to those persons who qualify
for its assistance. Lawyers, investigators and secretarial staff are employed to accomplish this
goal.

Primary Practice Areas: Criminal Defense

Number of Attorneys: 40

REQUIREMENTS

Visit the “Job Descriptions” page on the Human Resources website for information about the
requirements and salary information for deputy public defenders levels I – IV.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office operates under a civil service system. The
Santa Barbara County Human Resources Department handles hiring. Job listings and application
materials can be obtained from them. Please visit the Human Resources website listed above.




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Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office

70 West Hedding Street, West Wing, San Jose, CA 95110

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Employee Service Agency, County of Santa Clara
               70 West Hedding Street, Lower Level, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone:         (408) 299-5830 (HR)
Fax:           (408) 295-3012 (HR)
Website:       www.sccjobs.org

DESCRIPTION

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is the largest prosecuting agency in Northern
California. The Office represents the law enforcement needs of Santa Clara County, also known
as "Silicon Valley," which has a population exceeding 1,700,000 residents in fifteen cities,
including San Jose and unincorporated areas. The District Attorney's Office handles over 45,000
cases a year. The Office has a staff of nearly 700 people, including attorneys, investigators,
forensic analysts, paralegals, clerical workers and volunteers. The Santa Clara County District
Attorney's Crime Laboratory analyzes in excess of 47,000 items of evidence each year.

Practice Areas: Criminal Prosecution

Number of Attorneys: 200+

REQUIREMENTS

See www.sccjobs.org for listings. Click on JOB SPECS for information about job requirements
and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Santa Clara County Department of Human Resources posts job announcements when
recruiting. Listings are either open to the public (competitive) or available to current employees
(promotional). Interested applicants should send the requested information to the Human
Resources Office which will then screen for minimum qualifications and consult the District
Attorney’s Office about other specifics. Qualified applicants will then go through a testing
process, where successful candidates are placed on an eligible list for potential job interviews.

If no jobs are available, the website includes an option for interested applicants to register their
information and be notified when a position becomes available.




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Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office

120 West Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Employee Service Agency, County of Santa Clara
               70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone:         (408) 299-5830 (HR)
               (408) 299-7700 (MAIN OFFICE)
Fax:           (408) 998-3012
Website:       www.sccgov.org/channel/

DESCRIPTION
The Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender provides legal representation to indigent
clients who are charged with the commission of a criminal offense alleged to have been
committed in Santa Clara County.
The Office also represents minors against whom delinquency petitions have been filed in the
Juvenile Courts of Santa Clara County, and clients who are the subject of conservatorship
proceedings in the Mental Health departments of the Superior Court.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense

Number of Attorneys: 120

REQUIREMENTS

See www.sccjobs.org for listings. Click on JOB SPECS for information about job requirements
and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The Public Defender’s Office sends job specifications to the County Human Resources
Department. Listings are either open to the public (competitive) or available to current
employees (promotional). Interested applicants should send the requested information to the
Human Resources Office that will then screen for minimum qualifications and consult the Public
Defender’s Office about other specifics. Qualified applicants will then be invited for an oral
interview and then placed on an eligible list for the position.

If no jobs are available, the website includes an option for interested applicants to register their
information and be notified if a position becomes available.




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Ventura County District Attorney’s Office

800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Patty Murphy
Phone:         (805) 654-5082
Fax:           (805) 654-3046
Website:       www.ventura.org/vcda

DESCRIPTION

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes all crimes in the county of Ventura,
from misdemeanors to felonies.

Primary Practice Areas: consumer, criminal and environmental law

Number of Attorneys: 85

REQUIREMENTS

District Attorneys must be admitted to the State Bar and have a valid California Drivers license.
Entry level positions begin in September or October. These positions are paid during training
and orientation, prior to receiving bar results.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Entry level hiring is often done through resume collections during the fall of a candidate’s third
year of law school. After resumes are collected from interested students, candidates that show
promise will be contacted for interviews.

For other positions, openings are posted on the county website. Application materials should be
sent directly to the Ventura County DA’s office.




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Local Government Offices

Cities, counties, and municipalities all offer employment opportunities for attorneys. Many
cities have an Office of the City Attorney that represents the city in litigation and also provides
advice to various city agencies. At the county level, offices such as the Los Angeles County
Counsel's Office represent the county in litigation and provide advice and legal representation to
county agencies.

Many of the offices conduct their hiring through the county or city human resources office.
Available job listings are usually listed on their websites, local publications, or on a hotline.
Before contacting any human resources department, an interested applicant should check these
resources for job openings.

Although most of these offices use a human resources department for hiring, there are some
variations in the application processes. Where the information is available, the listings below
detail the contact information for the specific office as well as the information for the HR
departments and when either should be contacted. Keep in mind that some of these agencies are
very small and may not appreciate calls regarding employment that should have been directed to
the county or city human resources department.




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Alameda County Counsel’s Office

1221 Oak Street, Suite 450, Oakland, CA 94612-4296

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Richard Karlsson, Chief Assistant County Counsel or
               Calvin James, Assistant County Counsel
Phone:         (510)272-6700
Fax:           (510)272-5020
Website:       www.co.alameda.ca.us/counsel

DESCRIPTION

The Alameda County Counsel's Office provides legal advice and litigation support to Alameda
County Board of Supervisors and Departments of the County.

Practice areas: civil litigation, employment law, civil rights, child welfare, tax and contracts

Number of Attorneys: 29

REQUIREMENTS

Bar membership is a requirement of hiring, but not to apply for an attorney positions. There is
no formal program for law clerk candidates who have graduated from law school. This office
has, however, employed a person in this capacity in the past and would consider doing so again.

Attorney candidates must apply through the County Human Resources office and when hired, are
part of the civil service system. The HR process will include a standard county application and a
supplemental questionnaire.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

After HR announces an opening for an attorney position, the candidate must obtain an
application and supplemental questionnaire from HR and submit it by the deadline indicated.
Attorney job application periods have traditionally been announced in local and state legal
newspapers and on the Alameda Count Human Resources website.

There are no specific times when it is best to apply. Announcements can occur at any time and
are usually open for 30 days. Interested persons can contact the Office of the County Counsel to
inquire about estimates as to when application periods may open. In general, these
announcements may occur every 12-15 months.

Occasionally, this office has temporary attorney openings that are filled on a contract basis. If
the opening becomes permanent, it will be filled by the HR process described above. It is not
unusual to have one or two contract attorneys on staff at any given time. Often the need for
someone to fill a contract position arises suddenly, and thus it is advisable that a person



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interested in working at this office provide the office with a copy of a letter of interest and
resume that can be kept on file for a 12-month period.




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Chula Vista City Attorney's Office

276 Fourth Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Bart C. Miesfield
Phone:         (619) 691-5037 (office number; do not call for applications)
               (619) 585-5658 (HR)
Fax:           (619) 409-5823
Email:         see link on website
Website:       www.chulavistaca.gov/City_Services/Administrative_Services/City_Attorney/
               www.chulavistaca.gov/City_Services/Administrative_Services/Human_Resources

DESCRIPTION

The Chula Vista City Attorney's Office represents and advises the City Council and all officers
in all matters of law pertaining to the City. It also prosecutes and defends all of the city’s
criminal and civil actions.

Practice Areas: Civil Law

Number of Attorneys: 8

REQUIREMENTS

Vary with position. See job descriptions on city HR Website for details.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Openings are posted on the website and in local print publications. Interested applicants should
send all requested materials to the Human Resources Department. Please do not call the City
Attorney with questions about the application process.




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Fresno City Attorney’s Office

2600 Fresno Street, Room 2031, Fresno, CA 93721-3602

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Sherry Lehnick
Phone:         (559) 621-7500
Fax:           (559) 488-1084
Email:         Attorneys@fresno.gov
Website:       www.fresno.gov/city_attorney/

DESCRIPTION
The City Attorney's Office represents and advises the Mayor, City Council, certain City boards
and commissions, and City officials and departments in legal matters pertaining to their office
and City operations, which include various municipal utilities, two airports, and public
transportation systems.
The City Attorney's Office prepares legal opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other
documents requested by Council and City organizations, and implements the legal aspects of
various policies and programs established by the City. The City Attorney's Office serves as
counsel and represents and appears for the City and certain boards, commissions, and agencies of
the City in civil and administrative proceedings. The City Attorney's Office also handles
criminal litigation as part of the Office's code enforcement responsibilities. The City Attorney's
Office also serves as counsel for the Fresno Redevelopment Agency (FRA), and performs, often
in conjunction with special counsel, the legal work involved in financing transactions for the
City and the FRA. The City Attorney's Office monitors cases assigned to contract legal counsel
and ensures timely reporting to the Council on these cases as well as those handled in-house.
Number of Attorneys: 18

REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must be admitted to the California State Bar and meet the requirements for
employment in the City of Fresno. Requirements for individual positions vary with Deputy City
Attorney level 1, level 2, and level 3, as well as higher management categories increases in
required experience. Entry-level positions available but some experience in a law office prior to
law school graduation is strongly preferred.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Once applicants find an available job posting they should send their resume and cover letter
directly to the Fresno City Attorney’s Office. A city attorney and chief assistant will review
resumes and invite qualified applicants back for an interview. At that time a list of professional
references and writing sample will be required.




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Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office

500 W. Temple Street, Room 648, Los Angeles, CA 90012

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:         Virna Salomon
Phone:                  (213) 974-1570
Fax:                    (213) 625-7207
Email:                  vsalomon@counsel.co.la.ca.us
Website:                http://hr.co.la.ca.us (Department of Human Resources)

DESCRIPTION

The LA County Counsel’s Office provides legal representation, advice, and counsel to the
county, the board of supervisors, and public officers and agencies.

Practice Areas: Civil

Number of Attorneys: 258

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be US Citizens and must be admitted to the California Bar before applying. In
the past this office has recruited for law clerk positions for applicants who had not yet received
bar results, but currently they are not doing so. Voluntary unpaid positions are available
depending on space.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Once a job bulletin is posted, persons interested should fill out a standard Los Angeles County
employment application by either downloading the application from the Department of Human
Resources website or by visiting their office on 3333 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 100, Los Angeles.
Potential applicants should obtain the actual bulletin for further instructions regarding
examination procedures. County Counsel will also accept resumes and place applicants on a
waiting list for upcoming attorney positions. Once the department posts a job bulletin, applicants
will be notified by mail. Please contact the LA County Counsel’s Office for more information.




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Orange County Office of the County Counsel

P.O. Box 1379, Santa Ana, CA 92702

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Debra Armijo
Phone:         (714) 834-3300
Fax:           (714) 834-2359
Email:         Debbie.armijo@coco.ovgoc.com
Website:       www.ocgov.com (for jobs)

DESCRIPTION

County Counsel is the “in-house” counsel for the County. They provide legal advice and
representation in legal actions initiated by or against the County and/or its agencies and
departments.

Practice area: Civil law

Number of Attorneys:61

REQUIREMENTS

The Orange County Office of the County Counsel requires that candidates pass the California
Bar before applying. See www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyi.htm for Minimum
Qualifications for Attorney 1 classification (entry level). See
www.oc.ca.gov/hr/classification/attorneyii.htm for Minimum Qualifications for higher-level
Attorney classification.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications/resumes can only be submitted when recruitment is open. Recruitment information
is posted on the County of Orange website, www.ocgov.com and it is recommended that
potential candidates sign up for an online account. Click How to Apply for instructions. Before
you fill out the application, please create an account with Orange County. It is easy and will give
you access to your own County of Orange job search home page with several great features:

           o Create a job application template, which makes applying for County jobs easy.
           o Specify which job or career categories interest you and you will be sent an email
             when an opening occurs.
           o Review job applications you have submitted to them over the past two months.




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Oxnard City Attorney's Office

300 West Third Street, Suite 300, Oxnard, CA 93030

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Human Resources (to apply)
Phone:         (805) 385-7483 (office, do not call for job information)
               (805) 385-7590 (HR)
               (805) 385-7580 (job hotline)
Fax:           (805) 385-8352 (HR)
Email:         personnel@ci.oxnard.ca.us
Website:       http://www.ci.oxnard.ca.us/jobannounce.html (for Job listings)

DESCRIPTION

The City Attorney is the chief legal officer for the City, Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The Office manages and administers four in-house attorneys and various special counsel.

Number of Attorneys: 4

REQUIREMENTS

Deputy City Attonrey I: No experience is required; office will accept applicants as law clerks
until bar results are received. Deputy City Attorney II: 2-3 years experience. See specific job
listings for details.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Search listings for county jobs by visting the website listed above or finding advertisements in a
local newspaper. Then file an application with Human Resources to begin the screening process.
Once the applicants have been screened by Human Resources and the City Attorney’s Office,
interviews with a three-person panel will begin.




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Pasadena City Attorney's Office

100 North Garfield Avenue, Suite 228, Pasadena, CA 91109

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Janet Darnall
Phone:         (626) 744-4141 (City attorney office)
Fax:           (626) 744-4190
Email:         Jdarnall@ci.pasadena.ca.us
Website:       www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/cityattorney
               http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/humanresources/ (HR)

DESCRIPTION

The City Attorney advises the City Council and departments on all municipal matters and
represents the City in litigation. This office also includes the city prosecutors who prosecute
misdemeanors.

Practice Areas: Municipal law, criminal law, environmental law, litigation, housing, zoning,
insurance, employment, civil rights, government contracts

Number of Attorneys: 9 (civil), 7 (prosecution)

REQUIREMENTS

See website or application for requirements for Deputy City Attorney I, II, and III. Level one
positions require little experience. Unpaid internships available for applicants awaiting bar
results.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A listing will be posted on the website and recruiting will be conducted either by Human
Resources or a recruiting firm. Jobs are usually posted in magazines, the city website, the city
bulletin, and the Daily Journal. Interested applicants should follow the directions on the listing
and send all materials to the City Attorney’s Office.

Once an applicant has filed all necessary materials by the deadline for application, their
application will be screened and then reviewed within the City Attorneys Office to determine if
the minimum criteria is met. At this stage applicants will interview with a panel and strong
candidates will be selected for a subsequent interview.




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San Diego City Attorney’s Office

1200 Third Avenue, Suite 700, San Diego, CA 92101

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:        Alina Putnam or David C. James
Phone:                 (619) 533-5665
Fax:                   (619) 533-5504
Email:                 aputnam@sandiego.gov
Website:               http://sandiego.gov/city-attorney/

DESCRIPTION

The San Diego City Attorney's Office is divided into two practice areas: the Criminal Division
and the Civil Division. Together they prosecute misemeanors committed in the city and defend
the city against lawsuits filed against it. The civil division also provides counsel to city agencies.

Primary Practice Areas: Consumer, criminal, environment, municipal, and property.

Number of Attorneys: 150

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must be admitted to the California State Bar before applying, however, there may be
a clerk program available for applicants who are awaiting bar results. Contact the San Diego
City Attorney’s office for more information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

An applicant should send his or her cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Alina Putnam,
Recruitment Coordinator, Office of the San Diego City Attorney, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 700,
San Diego, CA 92101-4103.

For already-admitted attorneys, mid-April or mid-October is the best time to apply. For bar-
takers, apply after receiving positive bar results.




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San Diego County Counsel's Office

1600 Pacific Highway, Room 355, San Diego, CA 92101

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Rosana Legaspi
               San Diego County Human Resources Office (for jobs)
Phone:         (619) 531-4860
Fax:           (619) 531-6005
Email:         William.Songer@sdcounty.ca.gov (for information)
Website:       www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cnty/cntydepts/general/county_counsel/ (for information)
               http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hr/ (for jobs)

DESCRIPTION

The San Diego County Counsel's Office provides all litigation services (civil); legal advice and
counsel to all county departments to prevent, defend and mitigate risk.

Practice Areas: Municipal law, educational law, environmental law, litigation, zoning,
employment, civil rights, government contracts

Number of Attorneys: 72

REQUIREMENTS

See listings on the Human Resources website for specific requirements for openings. A
candidate must be a current member of the State Bar of California. There is no law clerk
program available for those awaiting bar results. There are no prerequisites other than those
requirements stated on the Recruitment Announcement.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Contact Human Resources or visit the website for available job listings. Application materials
should be submitted directly to Human Resources. There is no best time of year to apply.




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San Francisco City Attorney’s Office

City Hall Room 234, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Person:        Marisa Moret, Managing Attorney
Phone:                 (415) 554-4700
Fax:                   (415) 554-4715
Email:                 marisa.moret@sfgov.org

DESCRIPTION

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is legal counsel to all elected officials, boards,
councils, city departments, and county departments in San Francisco.

Practice Areas:        Civil

Number of Attorneys: 200+

REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the California State Bar and two years practice experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Contact Marisa Moret with resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Hiring is conducted on an
as-needed basis.




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Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office

71 West Hedding Street, 9th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Employee Service Agency, County of Santa Clara
               70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone:         (408) 299-5830 (HR)
               (408) 299-5900 (main office)
Fax:           (408) 395-3012
Website:       www.sccgov.org/channel/

DESCRIPTION
The Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office is the legal advisor to the County of Santa Clara. Its
mission is to be counselors in the fullest sense, providing service that is intelligent, trustworthy
and dedicated to public service. The County Counsel’s Office has a commitment to
professionalism and to understand and further the needs and goals of the Board of Supervisors
and County agencies and departments.
Practice Areas: Civil litigation, contracts, land use

Number of Attorneys: 60

REQUIREMENTS

See www.sccjobs.org for listings. Click on JOB SPECS for information about job requirements
and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The County Counsel’s Office sends job specifications to the County Human Resources
Department. Listings are either open to the public (competitive) or available to currently
employees (promotional). Interested applicants should send the requested information to the
Human Resources Office who will then screen for minimum qualifications and consult the
County Counsel’s Office about other specifics. Qualified applicants will then be invited for an
oral interview and then placed on an eligible list for the position.

If no jobs are available, the website includes an option for interested applicants to register their
information and be notified if a position becomes available.




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Ventura County Counsel’s Office

800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009-1830

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:       Noel Klebaum, Chief Assistant County Counsel
Phone:         (805) 654-2580
Fax:           (805) 654-2185
Email:         county.counsel@mail.co.ventura.ca.us
Website:       www.ventura.org/hr/ (for human resources job listings)

DESCRIPTION

The Ventura County Counsel’s Office provides all civil legal representation for the county and
advises the Board of Supervisors and county agencies in a broad range of practice areas.

Practice Areas: Civil rights, contracts, disability rights, elections, elder law, employment,
environment, health care, homelessness, housing, human rights, labor law, land use, litigation,
minorities, public works, and women's rights

Number of Attorneys: 21

REQUIREMENTS

For entry level positions, no experience is required, but applicants must be a member of
California State Bar. For other positions, at least three years experience is required. See specific
job listings for details.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Check the Human Resources website for available job openings. If a position is available then
submit all required documents to the Human Resources Office. See the Human Resources
website for more details.




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A Note About Federal Government Employment In California

Although this handbook is primarily dedicated to state and local government employment, a
discussion of government employment would not be complete without mentioning opportunities
within the federal government. Attorneys are hired throughout all levels of federal government
and in a vast number of federal agencies. Depending on the office, attorneys perform a variety
of functions, including litigation, drafting regulations, testifying before legislative bodies and
giving advice on the enforcement of laws. Just a few examples of agencies that employ
attorneys include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection
Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One of the largest
employers of attorneys within the federal government is the United States Department of Justice
(DOJ). DOJ Attorneys frequently are given responsibility for both civil and criminal litigation of
national significance. Two major offices within the Department of Justice are the Attorney
General’s Office and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

One of the most typical ways that many federal agencies hire incoming attorneys is through
honors programs, which are typically one or two year post-graduation programs for which a
student applies during his or her third year of law school. The most comprehensive resource
available to students interested in honors programs is the Government Honors and Internship
Handbook, which is available in the Career Services Office.

However, there are several federal positions available in California that do not require enrollment
in the honors post graduation programs. These agencies are listed in this guide immediately
following this informational overview.

Additionally, students interested in pursuing a career within the federal government are
encouraged to consider the Presidential Management Internship Program (PMI). PMI is a two-
year program for law graduates and graduate students from other disciplines. PMI offers a broad
range of job opportunities in the federal government. By way of example, former interns have
worked in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in the Department of Justice, for the Office of
International Affairs in the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and for the Enforcement
Branch of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the Department of Housing and
Urban Development. For more information on PMI and to obtain an application, please visit
www.pmi.opm.gov. Participation in PMI may lead to employment within the federal
government at the conclusion of the internship.




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U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Justice Civil Division

Federal Building, Room #7516, 300 North Los Angeles Street, L.A., CA 90012

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Julie Zatz
(213) 894-7349
(213) 894-7819 Fax
Email: Julie.zatz@usdoj.gov
www.cac.usa.doj.gov

PRACTICE AREAS:

Bankruptcy, civil rights and employment discrimination, contracts, environmental law, federal
programs, fraud on the government, labor, immigration, Federal Tort Claims Act, asset
forfeiture, savings and loan/ civil fraud; both trial and appellate court level.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

Research, writing and interns are encouraged to attend hearings, conferences, depositions, and
trials.




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U.S. Attorney's Office - Criminal Division

312 North Spring Street, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Garth Hire
(213) 894-0698 (phone)
(213) 894-3713 (fax)
garth.hire@usdoj.gov

PRACTICE AREAS:

Federal prosecution, criminal law.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

Primarily research and writing, accompany attorneys to court.




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U.S. Attorney's Office Tax Division

Federal Building, Room #7211, 300 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Robert N. Kwan, Assistant U.S. Attorney
(213) 894-6551
(213) 894-0115
Email: Robert.Kwan@usdoj.gov
www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/

PRACTICE AREAS:

Federal tax law (civil and criminal)




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U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

5670 Wilshire Blvd., 11th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90036

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Catherine Whiting
(323) 965-3860

Practice Areas:      Securities law.




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Environmental Protection Agency

Website: www.epa.gov/region9

Practice Areas: Federal and State Environmental Law

Application Process:

Email or send seumes with cover letters to:

Recruitment Coordinator (ORC-1)
Office of Regional Counsel
U.S. Envrionmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne St.
San Fransisco, CA 94105

Contact:

Bill Keener (bill@epa.gov)




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U.S. Department of Labor Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration

1105 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91106-2357

CONTACT PERSON:

Alan Weiss
(626) 229-1040
(626) 229-1096 Fax

PRACTICE AREAS:

Enforcement of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA); governance of
health care coverage through insurance carriers and managed care providers.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

Under the direction of an experienced investigator, conduct research and analyses of issues and
questions related to civil and criminal investigations and financial examinations of employee
benefit plans.

Attend and participate in meetings and conferences conducted by investigators with
representatives from the Office of the Solicitor and the Department of Justice; representatives of
other Federal and State agencies involved in related enforcement efforts; and plan administrators,
plan participants, accounts, attorneys and employers.

Answer telephone inquiries and/or draft replies to inquiries concerning specific provisions and
requirements of ERISA and related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, interpretations, and
opinions.




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U.S. Small Business Administration

330 North Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, California 91203

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Marchelle Bailey
(818) 552-3334
Email: marchelle.bailey@sba.gov
www.sba.gov

PRACTICE AREAS:

Commercial law (civil suits), Bankruptcy (Creditor's rights), Real Estate (eminent domain
actions), Loan Documentation (compliance reviews), Government Contracting (contract
reviews).

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

Clerks work in the above areas including preparing pleadings, reviewing contracts, reviewing
loans and research projects.




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Federal Trade Commission

10877 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90024

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

John Jacobs
(310) 824-4360
(310) 824-4380 Fax
Email: JJACOBS@ftc.gov
www.ftc.gov

PRACTICE AREAS:

Consumer protection, federal court litigation.




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Public Defender's Office - Federal

321 East Second Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SUPERVISING ATTORNEY:

Michael Garcia
Deputy Federal Public Defender
(213) 894-7331

PRACTICE AREAS:

Federal defense criminal law.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

Primarily research and writing, accompany supervising attorney to court.




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GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT
        J O BS
    IN CALIFORNIA




      Career Services Office
      Law School Room 110
Phone: 213-740-7397, Fax: 213-740-4038
Email: careers@law.usc.edu
Web: www.lawweb.usc.edu/career




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                                             Table of Contents
California State Government Employment ..................................................................................... 1
  State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General................................ 2
  California Department of Fair Employment and Housing .......................................................... 3
  California Department of Health Services - Office of Legal Services ....................................... 4
  Office of the State Public Defender ............................................................................................ 5
  Office of Legislative Counsel ..................................................................................................... 6
  California Public Utility Commission ........................................................................................ 7
  California State Franchise Tax Board ......................................................................................... 8
California County and Local Government Employment ................................................................ 9
  Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office ....................................................................... 10
  Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office ......................................................................... 11
  Orange County District Attorney’s Office ................................................................................ 12
  Orange County Office of the Public Defender ......................................................................... 13
  San Diego County Public Defender’s Office ............................................................................ 15
  San Francisico District Attorney’s Office................................................................................. 17
  San Francisco County Public Defender .................................................................................... 18
  Alameda County District Attorney ........................................................................................... 19
  Kern County District Attorney’s Office ................................................................................... 20
  Marin County District Attorney's Office .................................................................................. 21
  Marin County Public Defender's Office ................................................................................... 22
  Monterey County District Attorney’s Office ............................................................................ 23
  Riverside County District Attorney’s Office ............................................................................ 24
  Law Offices of the Public Defender, County of Riverside ....................................................... 25
  Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office .......................................................................... 26
  San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office .................................................................. 27
  San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office ................................................................. 28
  Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office ..................................................................... 29
  Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office ....................................................................... 30
  Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office ......................................................................... 31
  Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office ........................................................................... 32
  Ventura County District Attorney’s Office............................................................................... 33
Local Government Offices ............................................................................................................ 34
  Alameda County Counsel’s Office ........................................................................................... 35
  Chula Vista City Attorney's Office ........................................................................................... 37
  Fresno City Attorney’s Office .................................................................................................. 38
  Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office ..................................................................................... 39
  Orange County Office of the County Counsel .......................................................................... 40
  Oxnard City Attorney's Office .................................................................................................. 41
  Pasadena City Attorney's Office ............................................................................................... 42
  San Diego City Attorney’s Office............................................................................................. 43
  San Diego County Counsel's Office ......................................................................................... 44
  San Francisco City Attorney’s Office ....................................................................................... 45
  Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office ....................................................................................... 46
  Ventura County Counsel’s Office ............................................................................................. 47


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A Note About Federal Government Employment In California ................................................... 48
  U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Justice Civil Division .................................................. 49
  U.S. Attorney's Office - Criminal Division .............................................................................. 50
  U.S. Attorney's Office Tax Division ......................................................................................... 51
  U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION......................................................... 52
  Environmental Protection Agency ............................................................................................ 53
  U.S. Department of Labor Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration ............................... 54
  U.S. Small Business Administration......................................................................................... 55
  Federal Trade Commission ....................................................................................................... 56
  Public Defender's Office - Federal ............................................................................................ 57




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