Job Posting: Deputy Solicitor General

Department of Justice

Deputy Solicitor General

$8,856.00 - $12,560.00

Final Filing Date: 4/2/2018

Job Description and Duties

About the Organization

Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the State’s chief law officer, responsible for ensuring that state laws are uniformly and adequately enforced. The Department of Justice includes approximately 4,000 employees who provide legal and law enforcement services to the State, including representing the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts and the supreme courts of California and the United States, and engaging in law enforcement activities.

The Solicitor General is appointed by the Attorney General and serves as the chief appellate lawyer for the Department of Justice. The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has authority and responsibility for ensuring the excellence of the Attorney General’s appellate practice. OSG participates in discretionary appellate litigation decisions, such as whether to seek review by the U.S. or California Supreme Court; prepares or oversees the preparation of petitions, briefs, and other papers filed in appellate courts; and takes a lead role in the briefing and argument of some appeals in both state and federal courts, including in some of the Department’s most complex or sensitive appellate matters. Other functions include fostering consultation and consistency on important legal issues and promoting excellence in appellate practice Department-wide.

About the Position

Under the general direction of the Solicitor General, the Principal Deputy Solicitor General, and a Supervising Deputy Solicitor General, the Deputy Solicitor General will analyze, research, and provide advice on complex or novel legal issues; assist with the review and/or preparation of recommendations concerning Department action in appellate matters, including amicus participation; draft, review, comment on, or edit petitions, briefs, and other papers filed by the Department in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the California Courts of Appeal; present or assist with the preparation for oral arguments, including providing moot court assistance for attorneys throughout the Department; assist with identifying and coordinating positions on significant or recurrent legal issues facing the Attorney General’s Office or its clients; maintain awareness of current legal issues and other topics relating to appellate litigation; and assist with developing and implementing best practices for appellate litigation and with providing development and enrichment programs for attorneys throughout the Department.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Deputy Solicitor General
$9,782.00 - $12,560.00
$8,856.00 - $11,361.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Shift:
Monday - Friday
Work Week:

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Directorate Division, Office of the Solicitor General. 
  • This position may be filled in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco or Fresno depending in part on space availability.
  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for this position. 
  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility. 
  • For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (San Diego: JC-97150; Los Angeles: JC-97124; Sacramento: JC-97133; San Francisco: JC-95276 or Fresno: JC-97152) and the title of the position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your state application. There is only one position, but you may list more than one potential location on your application.
  • Some travel is required.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 4/2/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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: Quynh Sloan (JC-97150)
Office of Human Resources
1300 I Street, Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Quynh Sloan (JC-97150)
Office of Human Resources
1300 I Street, Suite 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - The Statement is a narrative discussion of how your education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum and desirable qualifications and qualify you for the position. The Statement of Qualifications serves as a documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length.
  • Other -
    • Writing sample, preferably no more than 20 pages, reflecting your legal work
    • The name of and contact information for two references familiar with your legal work
  • Resume is required and must be included.
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:

Applicants should have outstanding written and oral communication skills, including in both expository and advocacy writing and presentations; a demonstrated ability to research and analyze complex legal issues; the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different legal arguments; the ability to seek common ground or mutually acceptable positions on difficult issues; and the ability to provide compelling advocacy on behalf of the Department and its clients. Successful applicants will be required to exercise good judgment, discretion, and tact in all aspects of their work, including interacting with other Department employees or client representatives at all levels. They should have strong individual initiative, be able to work well under pressure, be flexible and resourceful problem-solvers, and be ready to take part in the development or evolution of Office and Department procedures and best practices.

Desirable qualifications include federal or California appellate clerkships; experience briefing or arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and/or the California Courts of Appeal; knowledge of the organization and work of the Department of Justice; experience with areas of law relevant to the work of the Solicitor General’s Office, including criminal and/or habeas cases; and familiarity with practice and procedures in appellate and trial courts in California and the United States.

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Quynh Sloan
(916) 210-7205
Hiring Unit Contact:
Victoria Sawyer
(916) 210-6022

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.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail