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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 Testing and Selection Unit at (916) 324-5039.

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.

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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. Director, Division of Operations Sacramento Monday, May 8, 2017
C.E.A., Level B – Director, Office of Human Resources Sacramento Friday, April 21, 2017
C.E.A., Level B – Senior Assistant Attorney General, Division of Civil Law, Government Law Section Sacramento Friday, April 28, 2017
C.E.A., Level C – Chief, Division of Law Enforcement Sacramento Friday, April 28, 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, April 14, 2017 July, 2017
Criminal Identification Specialist II Statewide Friday, May 5th, 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, February 8, 2017 August 2017
Investigative Auditor III Statewide Wednesday, February 8, 2017 August 2017
Special Agent, Department of Justice Statewide Friday, April 21, 2017 October 20, 2017

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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.

No Other Open Examinations are being offered at this time.

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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 Friday, December 9, 2016 June 2017
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Statewide Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 October 2017
Staff Services Analyst Transfer Exam Statewide Wednesday, December 21, 2016 June 2017
Training Officer I Statewide Thursday, March 23, 2017 March, 2018

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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.



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RESOURCES

Create your Profile

In order to apply for a Department of Justice or other state agency examination, you must create a profile on the new State Personnel Board Online Employment Center at jobs.ca.gov.

Applications created before September 28, 2009 will only be available for reference. If you are having problems creating a new online profile, please review these step by step instructions, pdf.

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