Job Posting: Consumer Protection Attorney

Department of Justice

Consumer Protection Attorney

$11,644.00 - $14,954.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Deputy Attorneys General in the Consumer Protection Section enforce and vindicate the rights of California consumers by investigating and prosecuting violations of state laws that prohibit false advertising and unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business acts and practices. The section’s work is high profile and often involves complex litigation with a nationwide impact. Areas of focus include unfair and deceptive acts and practices targeting immigrants, the elderly, servicemembers, veterans, and other vulnerable populations; predatory lending, debt collection, and other consumer financial matters; for-profit schools and student lending; tenant protection and other housing matters; and consumer privacy rights. In addition to prosecuting civil and criminal consumer protection cases, Deputy Attorneys General in the section draft amicus briefs on significant consumer protection issues, review proposed legislation and regulations affecting consumers, and engage in consumer education and advocacy.

Typical duties include litigating at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts; conducting in-depth investigations and performing legal and other research; negotiating and drafting settlement and restitution plans; working with local law enforcement throughout California, attorneys general in other states, and other state and federal agencies in joint investigations and actions; drafting amicus briefs; proposing and reviewing legislation; and drafting consumer education materials.

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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:
Consumer Protection Attorney
$11,644.00 - $14,954.00 A
$7,737.00 - $9,730.00 A
$8,708.00 - $11,173.00 B
$10,536.00 - $13,526.00 A
$12,290.00 - $15,685.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

  • These positions are located in the Division of Public Rights, Consumer Protection Section and may be filled in either San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, or San Diego. Please clearly indicate your preferred city in the cover letter.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: every other Friday. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period. 
  • 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.
  • DAG V consideration – 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.
  • JC-411467 must be clearly stated in the "Examination or Job Title(s) for which you are Applying" section located on page one of your state application.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at 
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

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: Nicole Farrah (JC-411467)
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
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
Nicole Farrah (JC-411467)
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
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 is required and must be included. 
  • Other - Writing sample 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 experience with complex litigation, possess exceptional writing and research skills, be persuasive oral advocates and negotiators, and exercise sound judgment. In addition, applicants should be well organized, detail-oriented, and skilled at working efficiently and with intensity on high-profile cases. Applicants should be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment, and be skilled at interacting professionally and effectively with victims and witnesses, experts, investigative targets, sister agencies, and other stakeholders. The ideal candidates have experience developing case strategy and managing cases; a demonstrated interest in consumer protection or in the public interest; and experience in consumer protection and privacy laws, civil or criminal investigation and prosecution, or financial products and services.


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:
Nicole Farrah
(916) 210-7259

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.

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