Assistant Attorney General - Capital Litigation

Office of the Attorney General - Department of Law

Assistant Attorney General- Capital Litigation

Division : Criminal Justice

Location: Atlanta

Salary: $65,000 minimum Annual

*To move forward in the recruiting process ALL External applicants are required to:

  1. Attach a current Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Attach "Department of Law Employment Application" (click link to obtain:
  4. Attach two (2) writing samples
  5. Attach copies of official undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted for application process)
  6. Attach copies of official law school transcripts (unofficial copies are accepted for application process)
  7. Answer all prescreening questions 
  8. If the file is too large to attach please email the document(s) to [email protected] to include the position title - application material(s) in the subject line   


The mission of the Department of Law is to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia by providing legal representation of the highest quality to the agencies, officers and employees of state government and by honorably and vigorously carrying out the constitutional and statutory responsibilities of the Attorney General.  The position filled through this announcement will serve in Capital Litigation of the Criminal Justice Division.

Job Title: Assistant Attorney General


Job Summary:
Attorneys in this section handle post-conviction litigation in cases in which the death penalty was imposed beginning at the direct appeal stage and continuing through all state and federal habeas corpus cases. In addition, attorneys in this section also provide assistance on interlocutory appeals in potential death penalty cases as well as advice to district attorneys who try the cases.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Handles appeals:     Prepares briefs on behalf of the State in murder direct appeals and in habeas corpus cases in state and federal courts.
  2. Litigates cases:
    • Participates in evidentiary hearings and appears in state and federal habeas cases to argue motions and appeals;
    • Prepares final orders in state habeas corpus cases;
    • Researches and prepares pleadings, motions and briefs;
    • Works with expert witnesses.
  3. Conducts research on pertinent legal issues; keeps abreast of recent legislation
    Travel, as required, for in-person evidentiary hearings (typically not much travel is required due to hearings being conducted virtually). Performs other related duties as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title.  They may not include all job duties performed by employees on this job title, and every position does not necessarily require these duties.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Member of the Georgia Bar AND graduation from an accredited law school. Position requires strong writing skills. Preference will be given to those who have federal court experience. Travel is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who possess one or more items below:

Strong writing and research skills.

Experience in appellate litigation.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check is completed on all candidates; employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory results of the background investigation.  Candidates that are being strongly considered for the position will also be required to submit a Department of Law employment application & waiver, Georgia Department of Revenue Tax Clearance letter and copies of official college transcripts.


Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail.  All applicants will be considered, but may be screened for the preferred qualifications of the position, and may not necessarily receive an interview.



Position will remain open until filled.