California Department of Justice

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


Duties include:

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


This is a hybrid position with the opportunity to work remotely or in the office on most days, but some regular required in-office attendance. Travel and additional in-person attendance may be required for court appearances, meetings, and other occassional operational needs.

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