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Assistant City Attorney I (entry Level)

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City of Houston, TX



Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED


Department: LEGAL


Reporting Location: 1400 LUBBOCK

Workdays & Hours: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Subject to Change


The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service - Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients
  • Partnership & Teamwork - Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals
  • Integrity & Candor - Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior
  • Dignity & Diversity - Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual
  • Innovation & Imagination - Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives

Comprised of nearly 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, advising City officials and departments, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto - "Service Through Law."


The City of Houston Legal Department is seeking an energetic, motivated and focused entry level attorney to prosecute Class C misdemeanor cases arising under City Ordinances and other laws of the State of Texas before judges and juries in the City of Houston Municipal Courts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing citizen intake and direct filing of charges
  • Researching and analyzing ordinances, statutes, case law, administrative opinions, rules of procedure and evidence and drafting legal memoranda
  • Interacting extensively with the public, defense attorneys, judges, court personnel, police officers and inspectors
  • Conducting, reviewing, and preparing discovery
  • Representing the City of Houston and State of Texas in civil and administrative proceedings such as dangerous dog, animal cruelty and tow hearings
  • Researching, analyzing, and drafting criminal complaints
  • Performing legal research and preparing formal and informal legal opinions regarding criminal and municipal law
  • Counseling the city's departments about city ordinances and state statutes
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions and City Ordinances
  • Must be able to work flexible schedules including days, nights, and some weekends.


This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.


No experience required.


Must be a member of the Texas State Bar.


Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Comfort engaging with a diverse clientele representative of the City of Houston
  • Experience in a trial-based law school clinic
  • Experience in mock trial, trial advocacy, or moot court in law school
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent research capabilities
  • Above average academic achievement
  • Practical experience with recent developments in Texas criminal statutes
  • Familiarity with municipal or public law
  • Proficiency with Office 365 Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, TEAMS, One Drive, Share Point, as well as Westlaw Edge and the use of other technology in the contemporary practice of law

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6. GENERAL INFORMATION


All applicants will be expected to provide a writing sample, transcripts, and letter(s) of recommendation.



Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade: 24

Salary: $70,900


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call (832)###-####.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832)###-####.

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-###-####

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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