Examinations

In order to apply for a job with the Department of Justice, most individuals with no prior state service must first take an exam. The section below includes information about current examinations being given by the Department. If you have additional questions after reviewing this information, please call our Talent Acquisition & Analytics Unit at (916) 210-6021.

Please note that many exams for classifications used by the Department are given by the California Department of Human Resources and can be accessed at jobs.ca.gov . For more information about applying for jobs, visit Getting a State Job.
The yearly Examination Plan can be accessed at 2017 Department of Justice Exam Plan, pdf.

Career Executive Assignment (C.E.A) Examinations

Applications are now being accepted for the following C.E.A. examinations. Applicants do not need prior civil service experience to take these examinations, however they should meet the Desirable Qualifications as identified on the examination bulletin. Please click on the examination title to view the examination bulletin.

Examination Location Cut-off Date
C.E.A., Level A - Deputy Director, Office of Communications Sacramento Thursday, September 28, 2017
C.E.A., Level A - Director, Office of Community and Consumer Affairs Los Angeles Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CONTINUOUS FILING OPEN EXAMINATIONS

Examinations are scheduled as needed. After taking a scheduled examination, you would be placed on an "eligible list" from which we are able to make hiring decisions.

Since eligibility lists apply only to positions in specific locations, you will want to carefully note details in the examination bulletin. Click on the job titles below to view minimum qualifications, the specific location of the position, examination location and other information.

NOTE: Regarding the cut-off date for a continuous examinations, submission of the application after that date will not be accepted for the current examination, but will be held for the next scheduled examination (see Next Estimated Cut-off Date column.

Examination Location Cut-off Date Next Estimated Cut-off Date
Criminalist Statewide Friday, July 14, 2017 October, 2017
Criminal Identification Specialist II Statewide Friday, May 5, 2017 September 2017
Deputy Attorney General Statewide Continuous Filing Twice a month
Deputy Attorney General III Statewide Continuous Filing Online, 24/7
Graduate Legal Assistant Statewide Continuous Filing Bi-Monthly
Investigative Auditor II Statewide Wednesday, August 9, 2017 February, 2018
Investigative Auditor III Statewide Wednesday, August 9, 2017 February 2018
Special Agent, Department of Justice Statewide Friday, October 20, 2017 April 23, 2018
Special Agent Trainee Statewide Monday, August 21, 2017 January 31, 2018

OTHER OPEN EXAMINATIONS

Applications are now being accepted for the following open examinations. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications by the final filing date as stated on the examination bulletin will not be admitted to the examination. Please click on the examination title to view the examination bulletin. Exams are scheduled as needed and only when requested by Department of Justice programs.

Examination Location Cut-off Date
Assistant Bureau Chief (non-sworn) Sacramento Thursday, September 21, 2017

CONTINUOUS FILING PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS

Applications are now being accepted on a continuous basis for the following departmental promotional examinations. Applicants must have a permanent civil service appointment with the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice or other promotional eligibility requirements as specified on the examination bulletin or they will not be admitted to the examination. Exams are scheduled as needed and only when requested by Department of Justice programs.

NOTE: Regarding the cut-off date for a continuous examinations, submission of the application after that date will not be accepted for the current examination, but will be held for the next scheduled examination (see Next Estimated Cut-off Date column.

Examination Location Cut-off Date Next Estimated Cut-off Date
Associate Personnel Analyst Sacramento Monday, July 10, 2017 December 2017
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Statewide Thursday, September 14, 2017 April 2018
Staff Services Analyst Transfer Exam Statewide Tuesday, June 20, 2017 December 2017
Training Officer I Statewide Thursday, March 23, 2017 March, 2018

OTHER PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS

Applications are now being accepted for the following departmental promotional examinations. Applicants must have a permanent civil service appointment with the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Justice or other promotional eligibility requirements as specified on the examination bulletin or they will not be admitted to the examination. Please click on the examination title to view the examination bulletin.

No Other Promotional Examinations are being offered at this time.

2017 Department of Justice Examination Plan

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