Licensing Section

  • , California
  • Aug 10, 2023
Full Time Regulatory and Licensing
  • Salary: $10,536.00 - $13,526.00 per Month USD
  • Salary Top: 13526 USD

Job Description

Job Description and Duties

The Licensing Section protects California consumers by representing over three dozen state licensing agencies in actions filed against licensed professionals. Matters include appeals from denials of licensure applications, prosecution of disciplinary actions against licensees, interim suspension and relief cases, license reinstatement cases, probation modification and termination cases, and injunctive proceedings against professional and vocational licensees and unlicensed individuals. The Licensing Section provides attorneys with opportunities to develop trial and oral advocacy skills, manage an independent caseload, and work with supportive, dedicated, and collaborative colleagues.

Duties include:

  • Handling all phases of complex, sensitive, and difficult administrative litigation matters generally before the Office of Administrative Hearings, most of which do not include significant discovery
  • Preparing for and representing client agencies in several administrative hearings each month
  • Handling civil judicial review proceedings in California superior courts that arise out of administrative litigation, including petitions for writ of administrative and ordinary mandate and interlocutory writs and appeals
  • Appearing on behalf of client agencies at the administrative, superior court, and appellate levels
  • Handling other complex civil matters, including subpoena enforcement and defense, and complaints filed against client agencies in state and federal courts
  • Collaborating with other deputies, paralegals, supervisors, and clients to develop and implement case strategy
  • Working with investigators to obtain and develop evidence
  • Advising client agencies on legal matters, including settlement options, expert and/or consultant needs, and strategy
  • Providing training to agency staff

All applicants must reside in California and be members in good standing of the California State Bar. This is a hybrid position with the opportunity to work remotely or in the office, with a minimum of 1 to 2 required in-person days each month. Travel and in-person attendance may be required for trials, court appearances, witness interviews, depositions, and operationally as needed.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist

Position Details

Job Code #:


Position #(s):


Working Title:

Licensing Section


$10,536.00 - $13,526.00 A

Shall Consider:


$7,737.00 - $9,730.00 A

$8,708.00 - $11,173.00 B


$11,644.00 - $14,954.00 A


$12,290.00 - $15,685.00 A

# of Positions:


Work Location:

United States

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Work Week:

Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • This position is located in the Division of Civil Law, Licensing Section, and may be filled in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, or San Francisco. Please clearly indicate which city you prefer in your cover letter.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: every Thursday. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission and selections can be made. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.

  • DAG V considerations - lateral transfers only.

  • For more information about the Department of Justice, please visit the Attorney General’s website at .
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email .

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.

  • Clearly indicated the Job Control Code (JC-385787) and the title of this position in the "Examination for Job Title(s) For Which You are Applying" section located on the first page of your State Applications.

  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. The process is described at .

  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

    Attorney exam - less than 5 years of experience: Attorney Examination

    DAG III exam- at least 5 years of legal experience: DAG III Examination

    DAG IV exam- at least 6 years of legal experience: DAG IV Examination

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.
Final Filing Date: Until Filled
Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice

Attn: Heather Nguyen (JC-385787)

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:

Department of Justice

Heather Nguyen (JC-385787)

1300 I Street Suite 720

Sacramento , CA 95814

08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:
  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other - Cover letter
  • Other - Writing sample reflecting legal analysis, analytical abilities, and effective writing style, such as a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief preferably written within the past year.

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:

  • Dedication to consumer protection
  • Authentic interest in government employment
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • Working familiarity with principles of administrative and constitutional law, rules of evidence, and the administrative adjudication process set forth in the California Administrative Procedure Act (Gov.Code section 11340, et seq.)
  • Trial and oral advocacy experience, including experience conducting proceedings in administrative, trial and appellate courts
  • Ability to prepare and represent clients in administrative hearings and/or civil or criminal trials
  • Ability to effectively use or, where appropriate, learn to use computer and software technology, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams, Outlook, and other software employed by Licensing, particularly in the context of remote hearings
  • Experience successfully negotiating settlement of actions informally and in mediation or settlement conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively manage a diverse caseload both independently and in collaboration with supervisors, colleagues, and clients
  • Ability to build and maintain good client relations and to interact positively and effectively with client representatives, subordinates, opposing parties and counsel, and all members of the Attorney General's Office

The Licensing Section values having a team diverse in viewpoints and life experiences because it enhances the quality of our legal work, and ultimately allows us to best represent our clients.


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

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Heather Nguyen
(916) 210-6444

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.
EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Application Filing Information

Please note, if using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and will arrive by the final filing date. If you application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, your application will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronic delivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery prior to the final filing date. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirm your application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

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.

Closing Date/Time: Until Filled

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