• Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 02, 2019
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $88,388.88 - $129,215.04 Annually

Job Description


February 5, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m.
(Until the needs of the Service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice)

Open Competitive Job Opportunity

Performs legal work of average difficulty in representing the defense in criminal case accepted by or assigned to the Alternate Public Defender. Positions allocable to this class are characterized by the performance of legal tasks involved in representing the defense in a wide variety of misdemeanor cases or the less difficult felony cases accepted by or assigned to the Alternate Public Defender.Assignments at this level differ from Deputy Public Defender I in that attorneys in this class function more independently, but continue to receive supervision from higher level attorney personnel in the performance of their duties.

Essential Job Functions

Represents the defense in the trial of felony cases of average difficulty, mental health cases and the more difficult misdemeanor cases. Interviews clients and witnesses, conducts preliminary hearings, review transcripts, requests the investigation of facts and testimony, and confers with law enforcement officers, experts, deputy district attorneys, and other interested parties to determine the course of action that should be taken in behalf of their clients. Advises clients as to their rights and the actions they should take in court, including the relative merits of trial by judge or jury and the advisability of negotiated pleas. Prepares briefs, pleadings and other documents and makes motions for continuances, dismissals, reduction of bail and new trials. Represents the defense in arraignment, pleading, and probation and sentencing proceedings in felony and misdemeanor cases. Represents juvenile clients in hearing in the Juvenile Court. Prepares reports outlining the advisability of appealing cases.


SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:One year of full-time experience in the practice of criminal law representing either adults, and/or juveniles in delinquency proceedings, at the level of a Deputy Public Defender I* in the services of Los Angeles County.

All qualifying experience musthave occurred within the last seven (7) years.

LICENSE(S) REQUIRED: Admission to practice law in all courts in California. 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.

PHYSICAL CLASSII: 2- Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION: *Deputy public Defender I performs beginning level legal work required in representing the defense in criminal cases accepted by or assigned to the Alternate Public Defender in the services of Los Angeles County.

U.S. Citizenship is required at the time of filing.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT: This examination will consist of an interview weighted 100%. The interview will cover training, experience, personal fitness and the general ability to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination in order to placed on the eligible register.

VACANCY INFORMATION: The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Alternate Public Defender.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of 6 months following the date of promulgation.

RETAKE PERIOD: No person may compete for this examination more than once every six (6) months.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION: Applicants are required to complete and submit an online Los Angeles county employment application for this examination. Paper applications or resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

We must receive your application by 5:00 p.m. PST, on the last day of filing.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING ONLINE: Apply online by clicking on the "APPLY" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and 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, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete it will be rejected.

Attachment: If you are unable to attach required documents with online applications, you must email them to within fifteen (15) calendar days of online filing. Please include the exam number and the exam title in the subject line.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER LANGUAGE: All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other that a valid social security number (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT 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 applications online using their own user IC and password. Using a family member or friends user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Department Contact Name: Maria Cordero
Department Contact Phone: (213) 974-8244
Department Contact Email:
ADA Coordinator Phone: (213) 974-8244

Teletype Phone: (213) 974-0911
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Closing Date/Time: