Assoc Attorney

Grade 28

New York State has approximately 263 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 18

  2. Assnt Attorney 2

    Similar to Grade 20

  3. Assnt Attorney 3

    Similar to Grade 22

  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 an Associate Attorney, you would provide legal assistance and support to agency program administrators at the policymaking level and prepare legal cases for which there is little precedent and/or which have a major impact on the agency’s mission and program. Incumbents analyze legal opinions, briefs and other material; prepare memoranda of law; and confer with administrators or outside parties to legal action in order to mediate, negotiate, or settle legal issues related to the agency’s mission and programs. Associate Attorneys may also draft, review, and/or negotiate contracts on behalf of the agency, which may include providing legal guidance and assistance in the solicitation and procurement of goods and services. Associate Attorneys may also evaluate bills introduced in the legislature, for their impact on agency operations and programs, and may prepare proposed legislation including supporting memorandum. Associate Attorneys may supervise a group of lower level attorneys either in a specialized area of law in connection with a single agency program or in a more general manner as evidenced by the concern with laws governing a number of agency programs.

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.

On or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Senior Attorney, Senior Attorney (Various Parenthetics), Attorney 2, or Attorney 2 (Financial Services).

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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