(Transition to Entry Level Trial Attorney Positions)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: A letter of interest and your resume must be received on or before August 30, 2024.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is accepting applications for post-bar Legal Research Assistants to begin work in August 2025 after taking the February or July 2025 California Bar Exam.

Legal Research Assistants will work under the supervision of deputy district attorneys doing legal research, assisting in court, and handling assignments in the misdemeanor arraignment court. Legal Research Assistants will also be assigned to the misdemeanor law and motion calendar where they will conduct evidentiary hearings and to the Felony Bureau where they will conduct preliminary hearings. Legal Research Assistants will begin a term of employment starting in August 2025.  Upon admission to the Bar (usually at the beginning of December), Legal Research Assistants will begin conducting misdemeanor jury trials.  Depending upon the needs of the office, this position can transition to a permanent position as a deputy district attorney.

Qualifications for this position include graduation from an ABA or California accredited law school in 2025, with plans to take the next available California State Bar exam. [Please do not send a resume unless you meet the criteria.] Candidates must be available for assignment within approximately one to two weeks after taking the California State Bar exam. Compensation will begin at a rate of $29.64/hour.

  • Submit a letter of interest and resume on or before August 30, 2024, to Lisa Lim at DAHiringTeam@SacDA.org

  • Address letters of interest to Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Rochelle Beardsley

  • Final interviews will be conducted in mid September through early October 2024

[The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office affirms the right of all individuals to equal opportunity in employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, national origin, marital status, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all employment opportunities.]