Legal Analyst

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Job location
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Office of the State Public Defender
Street address: 
770 L Street, Suite 1000
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) is seeking individuals with strong research and communication skills who are committed to advancing social justice.

OSPD’s work is often at the cutting edge of criminal law and has been responsible for major developments in numerous areas of capital litigation, including litigating the right to due process and to a fair trial, the right to competent trial counsel, the admissibility of false and/or coerced confessions, racial bias in jury selection, violations of the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and many other issues.

The Legal Analysts works collaboratively with a team of attorneys and caseworkers to provide paralegal support in capital appeals, non-capital appeals, habeas corpus proceedings, amicus briefing, systemic claims, and other matters in the California Supreme Court, the District Courts of Appeal, and the Superior Courts of California. The Legal Analysts supports the production of briefs of the highest caliber, develops and files preservation motions in the Superior Courts of California, maintains the integrity of an intricate document management system, maintains client confidentiality, and sensitively communicates with clients.

Individuals who are self-motivated and interested in working in a supportive and collaborative team environment are encouraged to apply!


Knowledge of legal research platforms, including Westlaw and Forecite.
Knowledge of computer programs such as the MS Office 365 Suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook SharePoint, Teams, and Excel), Zoom, FileMaker Pro, Adobe, and Word Perfect.
Knowledge of California Style Manual, The Bluebook, California criminal law practice and procedure, California appellate practice and procedure, California Rules of Court, and the Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ability to meet scheduled and last-minute deadlines.
Ability to work in a traditional office and virtual team environment.
Ability to communicate, problem-solve, and manage time
Ability to adapt to unpredictable changes in case priorities and assignments.
Ability to utilize the California Style Manual and/or The Bluebook to correctly format citations in legal writing.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relations with all levels of staff and with external agency or court representatives.
Ability to maintain security and confidentiality of privileged information in compliance with applicable laws.
Ability to learn and use technology to support paralegal-related tasks, including the use of databases and electronic court filing systems.
Ability to use computer programs and legal research platforms in an efficient and effective manner.

Special Personal Requirements:

Strong analytical, communication, and organizational skills.
Willingness to attend OSPD-provided training on these topics.

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

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 workplace. 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.
Salary range: 
$4,819.00 - $6,214.00 per month
Submission deadline: 
Friday, July 7, 2023