May 26, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
Job Type







ay May 30, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. (PT) through Wednesday, May 31, 2023 before 5:00 p.m. (PT) All applications should be received BEFORE 5:00 p.m. (PT) on the last day of filing.


Open Competitive Job Opportunity


Performs legal research work.

Positions allocable to this class receive general administrative and technical supervision from an Attorney who has passed the State Bar of California Examination with work reviewed upon completion. These positions provide persons who graduated from law school and who are candidates for admission to the State Bar of California work experience with the practical application of law, including civil, municipal, criminal and business law, under the guidance of an Attorney and to develop potential candidates for positions of Attorney within the County of Los Angeles. Incumbents must possess excellent analytical skills required to research, interpret, and apply current case law, legal precedents, and related legal issues, and written skills for the preparation of legal briefs, memoranda, resolutions, or other legal documents for judicial proceedings, Senior Law Clerks must possess considerable knowledge of California State law, local law legislation pertaining to the County, and administrative law including regulations and their enforcement. Incumbents must have excellent interpersonal skills required to advise and support the assigned Attorney and communicate with clients, opposing counsel, and the public.

The Work:
The Senior Law Clerk (SLC) position in the Alternate Public Defender's Office is a 16-week internship program with a unique opportunity to advance into permanent employment as a Deputy Alternate Public Defender (DAPD) I.

During the 16-week rotation, you will go on record while conducting preliminary hearings, and have an opportunity to participate in case work in specialized areas such as Post-Conviction, Law Enforcement Accountability, and Immigration. You will assist in preparing a wide variety of criminal cases and may participate in hearings and jury trials under the mentorship and supervision of senior-level DAPDs. While working in specialized units, as an SLC you will conduct legal research, review legal documents, and organize extensive reports and exhibits to be used in trials.
Essential Job Functions
Researches, studies, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of cases, opinions, pleadings, briefs and other legal documents.

Organizes extensive legal discovery, reports, documents and potential exhibits.

Conducts pretrial review of case files for witness subpoenas and other necessary evidence for trial.

Conducts preliminary interviews of potential complainants in criminal cases and reports on findings of facts to determine if cause of sufficient evidence is present to undertake prosecution.

Reads, understands and analyses legal documents such as pleadings, affidavits, court orders, transcripts statutory codes and appellate decisions.

Prepares a variety of legal documents including drafts and memoranda summarizing the results of examinations of court decisions, administrative board decisions, State statutes, ordinances and opinions.

Provides information to judges, attorneys, and the public concerning the work of the department.

Communicates with witnesses, experts, clients and other interested parties.

Schedules witnesses and prepares witnesses and clients in courtroom procedures and appropriate protocol.

Interviews clients to obtain factual, biographical and financial information.

Performs other related work as required.

Option 1 :

  • Have a Juris Doctor degree from an approved or accredited law school*, AND
  • Be registered to take the first available bar following your law school graduation date, AND
  • Be eligible for certification through the California State Bar (Bar) Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS)** program at the time of the appointment.

Option 2:

  • Be currently enrolled in law school*, AND
  • Have successfully completed Second Year or equivalent of law school*, AND
  • Be eligible for certification through the California State Bar (Bar) Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS)** program at the time of the appointment.

* In order to receive credit for a Juris Doctor degree or current academic standing, you must provide at the time of filing or within seven (7) calendar days from the last day of filing, a legible copy of your official diploma/transcripts/letter from an accredited institution that shows the area of specialization. If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must email them to . Please include exam number and exam title in your email. Applications received without proof of the required degree(s) or certificate will not be considered as meeting the stated requirements under Option I. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted to meet the educational requirement. For more information regarding education, please see the Employment Information document on the LA County Jobs website.

**To be eligible for California State Bar certification (PTLS), applicants must:

  • Have sat for or registered to sit for the first eligible bar exam. The results of the first eligible bar must not be published at the time of appointment, AND
  • Register as a law student with the California State Bar.

Additional information on the PTLS program can be found at Practical Training of Law Students -State Bar of California .



No withholds will be allowed for this examination. Required experience and education must be fully met and indicated on the application by the last day of filing.


A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


2 - Light. This class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort that may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable ambulation may be involved.

Additional Information

This exam will consist of a structured interview test weighted at 100%, measuring:

  • Professional/Technical Knowledge (General Criminal Case & Statutory Law and Constitutional Principles of California Rules of Professional Conduct as they pertain to Criminal Defense),
  • Critical Thinking,
  • Decision Making Skills,
  • Client Focus,
  • Oral Communication Skills,
  • Listening Skills,
  • Fact Finding,
  • Ethics & Integrity,
  • and Cultural & Individual Sensitivity.

Candidates must meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to be placed on the Eligible List.

NOTE: All notifications including invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application.

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Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.

If you choose to unsubscribe to electronic notices, you may access your profile for a copy of sent electronic notices for this exam.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION : Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application BEFORE 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" green button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline. You may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Minimum Requirements to Qualify as listed on this job bulletin. Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work performed. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

Important: Please note that all information included in the application materials is subject to verification at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment. Utilizing verbiage from the Class Specification and Minimum requirements serving as your description of duties will not be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an incomplete application and you may be disqualified.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION :The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months.

VACANCY INFORMATION :The resulting eligible list will be used to fill vacancies at the Law Offices of the Alternate Public Defender.

AVAILABLE SHIFT : Any ___________________________________________________________________________

ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (ARDI):The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst race. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

If you require an accommodation to fairly compete in any part of the assessment process, you will be given the opportunity to make a request when completing your application. Please note, you may be required to submit documentation from a qualified medical provider or other qualified professional to support your request for a testing accommodation.

Testing Accommodations Coordinator:
Teletype Phone:
(800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone:
(800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Contact Name:
George Tung
Contact Phone: (213) 351-7264
Contact Email:
Exam Number: 7-9243A-R
Closing Date/Time: 5/31/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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