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Assistant Attorney General

Minnesota Attorney General's Office
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Start date
Mar 7, 2023
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

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Job Details

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified applicants

Date Posted: 2/6/2023

Closing Date: 5/8/2023


S1 Salary Range: $67,515.00 annually - $104,850.00 annually

S2 Salary Range: $83,094.00 annually - $122,809.00 annually

S3 Salary Range: $93,480.00 annually - $151,116.00 annually


Job Summary

The Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison — one of Minnesota’s largest public law offices and recognized as a 2022 Star Tribune Top Workplace Minnesota and 2022 Top Workplace USA — has a clear mission: we help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect.  We are a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who could all work elsewhere but choose public service as a calling, and we are actively building an internal culture that supports that calling.

Attorney General Keith Ellison is accepting applications on a rolling basis from attorneys at all levels of experience who are interested in a career of public service and representing the government in significant lawsuits to help Minnesotans afford their lives and live with dignity, safety, and respect. 

Assistant Attorneys General appear on behalf of the State of Minnesota in administrative, state, and federal district and appellate courts in a wide variety of case types.  The work of the Office of the Attorney General protects public safety, everyday consumers and workers, the environment, and the State and its various agencies and boards.  Attorneys can expect excellent litigation experience in handling their own cases and helping to build and create a better, safer, and more equitable Minnesota. 

This posting will help staff the various divisions of the Office; your applications will be considered as hiring needs arise. Applications received from this posting will be used to fill current and future vacancies in these job classes at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General through May 8, 2023.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a law school accredited by the ABA
  • Licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota or ability to obtain licensures within 90 days of hire
  • Demonstrated outstanding skill in:
    • Research and writing (submission of a writing sample is required)
    • Critical thinking
    • Communication
  • Ability to:
    • Perform responsibilities with a high level of professionalism
    • Demonstrate excellent judgement, character, and work ethic
    • Interact successfully with clients and members of the public
    • Contribute positively to a team and work in a diverse, inclusive, creative, and collaborative work environment


IMPORTANT! Applicants must include a writing sample (maximum 5 pages) with a cover letter to be considered for this position.


To be considered at the Staff Attorney 2 (S2) level, applicants must have 6 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.

To be considered at the Staff Attorney 3 (S3) level, applicants must have 12 or more years of civil litigation experience or equivalent.     


How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the State’s official application and hiring site. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 8, 2023.

  1. Go to;
  2. Apply for posting number 62878
  3. Direct Link

Remember to include a writing sample with your cover letter.



If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jake Pleschourt at or (651) 757-1057.


Why Work For Us 

Diverse Workforce Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence, and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.


Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive service to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.


We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at (651) 259-3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.




The Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State of Minnesota. The Office of the Attorney General represents the State of Minnesota on important legal matters that make a difference in the lives of our citizens and establishes and effectuates the legal policy for the State of Minnesota. The Office’s work involves significant and challenging constitutional, statutory, and enforcement matters.

Responsibilities and Opportunities Offered: The Office provides a range of legal practice opportunities to highly capable attorneys with the professional drive and abilities to perform exceptional legal work. We offer our lawyers the opportunity to do important legal work on behalf of the public, to assume a significant amount of responsibility over their files, and to expand on their litigation and courtroom experience.

Required Qualifications: Attorneys who wish to be considered for appointment as an Assistant Attorney General must have a proven and successful track record, superior academic credentials, outstanding analytical, research, writing, and communication skills, excellent judgment and character, and a professional deportment. Applicants must have the desire to serve the public with distinction and the professionalism, skills, and work ethic to put forth the very best legal work on behalf of the public. The selection process is highly competitive.

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445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul

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