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In February 2019, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced a yearlong effort to expand the number of experienced attorneys in the Division of Law. Over the course of 2019, the Division of Law will conduct several rounds of attorney hiring, with each round focused on a specific area or practice of law. Check this website regularly to learn about different opportunities.

To learn more, click on the tabs above. To complete the online application, click here.

To learn about other hiring opportunities in the Division of Law, click here.

 
     
  Current Opportunities

Applicants may apply for any of the practice areas currently accepting applications. Between February 19, 2019 and March 29, 2019, the Division of Law is seeking in particular applications from experienced attorneys (3+ years) with an interest in six practice areas:

  • Title 59 (Personal Injury) Litigation. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will be assigned to the Tort Litigation & Judiciary Section, which represents the State, its departments, agencies, and employees, when sued in Title 59 tort claims against a public entity. The Section’s attorneys handle lawsuits in all stages of litigation, from the initial briefing through arbitration or trial, and regularly appear in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. Cases range from wrongful deaths to negligent conduct by state employees to constitutional equal protection and due process claims.

  • Employment Litigation. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will litigate a wide range of employment matters for the State, including allegations of discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation for whistleblower activities, and violations of the Family & Medical Leave Act. The Division of Law’s employment litigation attorneys have some of the most active trial calendars of any attorneys in the Attorney General’s Office, with the opportunity to appear regularly in state and federal court. Attorneys will be assigned to the State Police, Employment, and Corrections Section (“SPEC”), which in addition to litigating employment matters also provides legal representation to the New Jersey State Police and the Department of Corrections.

  • Real Estate & Loan Finance. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will provide legal advice and counseling to state agencies and departments on real estate transactions, including the buying, selling, and leasing of state properties, and will assist with all aspects of real estate financing, including the drafting and reviewing loan agreements. Attorneys will be assigned to the Pensions & Financial Transactions section.

  • Pensions & Health Benefits. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will provide legal advice and counseling to the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits, as well as the State’s various pension and health benefit boards and committees. Attorneys assist the Division in interpreting and implementing federal law requirements with respect to pension funds and health benefits. Additionally, attorneys defend the decisions of the various pension and health benefit boards and committees in administrative law trial proceedings and in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. Attorneys will be assigned to the Pensions & Financial Transactions section.

  • Government Contracting & Procurement. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will advise the State Treasurer and other State departments and agencies on government contracting and procurement matters, including by drafting of Requests for Proposals (RFPs), preparing agency decisions, rendering contracting advice, and litigating certain appellate matters. Attorneys will be assigned to the Pensions & Financial Transactions section.

  • Complex Financial Transactions. (Trenton office.) Attorneys will advise the State Treasurer and other State departments and agencies on complex financial transactions, including redevelopment transactions, corporate securities and debt financing transactions, public finance, bank lending transactions, and public-private partnerships. Attorneys will be assigned to the Pensions & Financial Transactions Section.

Attorneys who do not specialize in these fields but are nonetheless interested in working for the Attorney General’s Office are welcome to apply through the regular employment application process. For more information, visit: www.nj.gov/oag/law/emplyopp2.htm.

 
     
  Application Process

To apply during the current hiring period, applicants must submit an online application by March 29, 2019. As part of the application, applicants will need to upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter. Applicants should upload a cover letter that briefly explains their interest in joining the Division of Law.

  • Resume. Applicants should attach a current version of their resume.

  • Writing sample. The writing sample should be no more than 5,000 words and should contain your own legal analysis. You may submit any legal document you have drafted, so long as it does not contain material that is privileged or otherwise confidential or contains the necessary redactions.

  • Certificate of good standing in New Jersey. You may request a certificate of good standing from the New Jersey Courts here.

  • Scanned copy of law school transcript (only if admitted to practice law in last 5 years). Applicants may submit a scanned copy of your official or unofficial law school transcript. If you need to request a copy of your transcript, you may download a sample request form here.

In completing the online application, applicants will also be asked to provide their employment history as well as contact information for three professional references. In addition, applicants should select which of five subject areas they wish to be considered for: personal injury litigation; employment litigation; real estate & loan finance; pensions & health benefits; government contracting & procurement; and/or complex financial transactions.

Please note that, under the New Jersey First Act, N.J.S.A. 52:14-7, successful applicants must reside in New Jersey or be willing to establish residency in New Jersey within one year of beginning state employment. Exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted based on a proven “critical need or hardship.” To learn more about the Act and the exemption process, click here.

After submitting the online application through this website, applicants will be asked to also, complete the State of New Jersey's Affirmative Action Information Form, which is not part of the employment application and is not considered in any hiring decision.

The Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. State law prohibits discrimination in hiring or employment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, or mental or physical disability. For more information about diversity and inclusion initiatives within the Attorney General’s Office, click here.

We will gladly assist applicants who are unable to complete an application online or who are in need of an accommodation during the application process. If you need assistance, please call (609) 376-3232.

Salary & Benefits

After completing a background check, successful applicants will be hired as Deputy Attorneys General.  The starting salary depends on the incoming attorney’s experience level and ranges from $65,889 to $94,140.

All Deputy Attorneys General are entitled to employment benefits, including health and dental insurance. For more information on employment benefits, visit www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions.

Please note that certain Deputy Attorneys General in the Division of Law are unionized, including all attorneys who practice in the areas of personal injury litigation, employment litigation, real estate & loan finance, pensions & health benefits, government contracting & procurement; or complex financial transactions.

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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