Senr Attorney

Grade 25

New York State has approximately 782 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Assnt Attorney 1

    Similar to Grade NS

  2. Assnt Attorney 2

    Similar to Grade NS

  3. Assnt Attorney 3

    Similar to Grade NS

  4. Senr Attorney

    Grade 25

  5. Assoc Attorney

    Grade 28

  6. Supvg Attorney

    Grade 64

  7. Prin Attorney

    Grade 65

Summary of Job Description

As a Senior Attorney, your assignment might include such tasks as rendering "in-house counsel" advice to program managers; preparing pleadings; planning litigation strategy; drafting legislation, rules, and regulations; analyzing legal opinions, briefs and other material; performing legal research and analysis; drafting or reviewing contracts; preparing opinions and memoranda of law; or appearing at administrative tribunals or courts. As a Senior Attorney (Realty), your assignment might include such tasks related to the acquisition by the State of real property; preparing and examining title searches; defending title of previously acquired lands; preparing for the closing of title to such lands and closing titles; analyzing legal opinions, briefs and other material; performing legal research and analysis; and preparing opinions and memoranda of law.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

The examination is called Legal Specialties. Candidates must have 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3, OR Admission to the NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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