Legislative Attorney

Recruitment #120319-MAFZ12-10800

Summary Statement

The Legislative Attorney is responsible for providing independent, non-partisan, accurate research and legal services to members of the General Assembly and their staff, including drafting legislation and providing counsel on legal issues and legislation considered by the General Assembly. The Legislative Attorney will staff joint committees and task forces and testify on legislation before standing committees and the House and Senate.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Drafts legislation and amendments to legislation.
  • Proofs bills that have been drafted or amended during the legislative process and identifies any technical or substantive errors or oversights found.
  • Researches and analyzes legislation.
  • Performs legal and general research and drafts legal and research memoranda.
  • Provides the legal expertise to analyze complex, technical legislation and determine constitutionality of same.
  • Acts as non-partisan legal staff to the General Assembly.
  • Testifies before the General Assembly, party caucuses and special interest groups.
  • Provides expertise and acts as resource person for various committees and executives in other State government organizations.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Legislative Attorney
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Juris Doctor.
  2. Possession of a valid license to practice law.
  3. Three years experience in researching and interpreting regulatory, constitutional, statutory and case law.
  4. Three years experience in analyzing and evaluating public policies and making recommendations based on findings.
  5. Six months experience in narrative report writing.

Additional Posting Information

  • During legislative session (January to July 1), extended hours beyond 4:30 p.m. are required.
  • A writing sample will be requested at the time of interview.
  • A writing exercise will be given at the time of interview.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at www.delawarestatejobs.com.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.