Careers with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
The Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney is among the top five municipal law offices in the nation. Learn more about our work!
With more than 500 attorneys practicing criminal and civil law throughout LA, the work we do is as diverse and exciting as the people and city we serve. This office is an equal employment opportunity for all qualified candidates. We welcome all applicants.
All positions are open to qualified persons pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. This office will make reasonable accommodations.
Legal Secretary, Various Sections (link to PDF)
Legal Clerk I, Various Sections (link to PDF)
Paralegal I: Land Use Division, Municipal Law Branch (link to PDF)
Legal Clerk II, Various Sections (link to PDF)
If you are interested in learning more, please email the following representatives:
Asian Pacific City Attorneys Association: Donna Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Latino City Attorney Association: Will Rivera, email@example.com
Learn more by contacting Human Resources:
Phone: (213) 978-7160
Fax: (213) 978-8317
Legal Clerk I: Typing Certifications
Applicants for the position of Legal Clerk I are required to submit a typing certification to demonstrate they meet the minimum typing requirements. Candidates who fail to provide a typing certification will be disqualified from the examination process. The LA City Attorney’s Office will not be administering typing tests to candidates. The typing certification must be issued by an agency or an accredited school within the last 12 months. On-line issued typing certification will not be accepted.
The typing certification must meet the minimum 35 net words per minute, have no more than five (5) errors, and be scored according to the following method: 5 minute timed typing exercise, showing a gross rate of speed and a net speed calculated by deducting one (1) word per minute for each error in the exercise.
Certification may be in the form of a certificate, letter, or test results form and must contain the following:
· Agency’s official emblem or watermark
· Name of applicant
· Number of minutes of the timed typing test
· Number of gross words per minute
· Number of net words per minute
· Number of errors
· Date of certificate
· Signature of person certifying the certificate
· Address and telephone number of agency
The above information MUST be included on the certification. Applicants WILL NOT be contacted to correct the deficiency.
Social Media Policy
The purpose of the City Attorney’s Social Media is to present information from the City Attorney’s Office to the public. Comments posted to the City Attorney’s Social Media Sites are public and no right of privacy should be expected. Posting sensitive personal identifying information, such as home addresses and personal email addresses, is therefore not recommended.
A comment posted by a member of the public on the City Attorney’s social media is the opinion of the commenter or poster only, and publication of a comment does not imply endorsement of, or agreement by, the Office of the City Attorney, nor do such comments necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the City Attorney’s Office.
Comments containing any of the following shall not be permitted and are subject to removal and/or restriction by the City:
• Comments not related to the original topic;
• Obscene content or language;
• Criminal threats to any person or organization;
• Solicitation of commerce, including but not limited to advertising of any business or product for sale;
• Conduct in violation of any federal, state or local law;
• Encouragement of illegal activity;
• Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems; or
• Content that violates a legal ownership interest, such as a copyright, of any party.
Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is an authorized MCLE provider. Attorneys with the office are required to meet 25 hours of MCLE every three years and file a report with the State Bar of California.
Here is a breakdown of the required credits:
- Half of the 25 MCLE hours must be in activities approved for what are called "participatory" MCLE credit.
- No more than 12.5 hours can be for self-study.
- Other special requirements include:
At least four hours of legal ethics.
At least one hour on competence issues.
At least one hour in an area called the Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.
It is encouraged for attorneys to maintain records of their MCLE credits. Please download a Sample MCLE Personal Credit Log. (link to PDF)
Attorneys with the office interested in serving as MCLE instructors are directed to complete an MCLE Training Course Proposal form. (link to webpage). Proposals should be submitted three weeks in advance of the proposed training date.
For any questions, please contact Janette Flintoft, City Attorney Executive Administrative Operations - firstname.lastname@example.org - or Leti Garcia, City Attorney Executive Office Representative - email@example.com.