Attorney IV - District Attorney
County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA

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Under direction, to perform professional legal work in the Office of the District Attorney.

Upon appointment, candidates must either possess a valid California Driver's License or an ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation to carry out essential job-related functions.

Eligible candidates must pass a background check to qualify for employment.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, during normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

Applications received without a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and completed supplemental questionnaire will be rejected. The writing sample should be no longer than 10 pages and include your name as being the author. Please limit your answers to questions 3 through 7 of the supplemental questionnaire to no more than 400 words each.

You must submit a separate job application, resume and responses to the supplemental questions for each attorney level for which you want to apply.

Applicants should review the salary and applicable employment standards carefully and are strongly encouraged to apply for all of those classifications for which they believe they qualify. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and be examined for more than one classification (i.e. Attorney I, II, III, and IV).

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Membership in the California State Bar is required for all levels,

Attorney IV: Two years of experience as an Attorney III with Santa Clara County.

* Experience as an attorney in a District Attorney's, in another public agency may be considered equivalent for appointment or promotion in the corresponding District Attorney's Office in the County of Santa Clara.

Attorney IV: Six years of experience in the full time practice of law in a government agency or in private practice.

Knowledge and abilities consistent with the highest standard of the legal profession and with the level of difficulty and expertise required for the intended appointment.

Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veterans), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.

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