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This series specification describes four legal classes used only in the Department of Real Estate to provide a wide range of legal services.
Incumbents in these classes may be responsible for performing a wide variety of legal work in the Department of Real Estate such as: administer a legal program; supervise a Department of Real Estate Legal Section; represent the Department of Real Estate in hearings; review subdivision filings; draft legal memorandums or opinions; prepare pleadings; and negotiate settlements of disciplinary actions against licensees.
Entry into this class series requires membership in The State Bar of California. The class, Graduate Legal Assistant, is used to recruit State employees interested in pursuing legal careers in the State service.
Differences between classes are essentially in the level of service and expertise incumbents can be expected to provide and in the difficulty of assignments they receive. The most difficult and complex assignments are those of the Real Estate Counsel III (Specialist) and Real Estate Counsel III (Supervisor), the latter having supervisory responsibilities as well.
This is a recruitment and development class for persons qualified to practice law in the State of California. Incumbents in the Real Estate Counsel I class are expected to initially perform the basic legal work of the Department of Real Estate and, under direction of a higher level Real Estate Counsel, progress to the more difficult legal work with increased independence and responsibility.
Incumbents in this class are more experienced Department of Real Estate attorneys who have demonstrated the capacity to benefit from increased independence and responsibility and the ability to perform the more difficult legal work of the Department of Real Estate. They are assigned responsibility for more difficult and complex disciplinary cases, trials with evidentiary issues, negotiations, recommended dispositions, memorandums, mortgage loan brokers' opinions, Master Management Documents, and complex subdivision file review. The Real Estate Counsel II may lead lower level attorneys.
Incumbents in this class are the most experienced practicing attorneys in the Department of Real Estate. Incumbents at this level are experts in a broad or exceedingly complex area of Real Estate law and have demonstrated the capacity to effectively perform the most sensitive and complex legal work of the Department of Real Estate. Real Estate Counsel III (Specialist) works with broad discretion and independence with minimum supervision on the most difficult assignments, directs the most complex investigations, negotiates with attorneys for subdividers, and serves as program experts. A Real Estate Counsel III (Specialist) may act in a lead capacity when the staff size is so large or the work so complex as to require both a first line supervisor and a lead attorney. Since only a few positions may reasonably be expected to perform at this level, allocation to this level will be controlled by staffing ratios.
All candidates must have membership in The State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment. Applicants who are not members of The State Bar of California but who are eligible to take The California State Bar examination or are in their final year of law school will be admitted to the examination but will not be considered eligible for appointment until they are admitted to The State Bar.)
Membership in the State Bar of California.
Four years of responsible experience in the practice of law*. (Applicants who have completed three years and six months of the required experience will be admitted to the examination, but must complete four years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)
Six years of experience in the practice of law*. (Applicants who have completed five years and six months of the required experience will be admitted to the examination, but must complete six years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)
* Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2) experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California's state courts, or any other state's courts, or (3) legal experience acquired while practicing under a provisional license to practice law issued by the State Bar of California’s Provisional Licensure Program, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual's judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the practice of law or performing legal duties, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree
Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application; legal research methods, court procedures, rules of evidence, and procedure; legal terms and forms in common use; and statutory and case law literature and authorities.
Ability to: Analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to legal and administrative problems; perform and direct legal research; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in draft opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations, and legislation; negotiate effectively; conduct civil litigation; and assist in crucial litigation.A greater degree of these knowledge and abilities is required at each higher level.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and the Administrative Procedure Act; the Real Estate Law; the Subdivided Lands Act; the Mineral, Oil, and Gas Broker Licensing Law; and the Subdivision Map Act.
Ability to: All of the above, and handle the more difficult and complex negotiations, disciplinary cases, subdivision file reviews; effectively represent the Department of Real Estate in administrative hearings involving complex cases; and negotiate disposition of Subdivided Lands Act issues.
A greater degree of these knowledge and abilities is required at each higher level.
All employees shall have general qualifications as described by California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 172.