Staff Attorney I – COA (2 year rotation)

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Job title: Staff Attorney I – COA (2 year rotation)

Company: State of South Carolina

Job description: Job Responsibilities


This job bulletin will be used to fill five (5) Staff Attorney I – COA (2 year rotation) positions.

The Court of Appeals, Staff Attorney’s Office at the South Carolina Judicial Branch is seeking a legal professional to join their team as Staff Attorney I (2 year rotation).

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney I will assist the Court of Appeals judges by reviewing assigned cases, researching and analyzing legal issues, and providing written and oral recommendations to the Court.


This job bulletin represents general duties for this position and is not intended to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Independently reviews and analyzes direct appeals and post-conviction relief petitions filed with the Court.

Researches the issues presented on appeal and determines a proposed recommendation for each case.

Drafts a bench memoranda and proposed opinion resolving assigned cases to be submitted to the Court for consideration.

Responds to questions and concerns regarding assigned cases from the Court.

Prepares written responses, including addendums to memoranda, as needed.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited school of law and admission to or eligibility for admission to the practice of law in South Carolina within first year of employment;

Minimum of 3.2 GPA and Journal or Moot Court experience.


Knowledge of South Carolina law and procedure, Westlaw, and the Bluebook System of Citation;

Ability to analyze complex legal issues, to apply state/federal law and judicial decisions, and to effectively draft logical and clear legal documents;

Ability to exercise excellent self-direction, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines;

Ability to interact and maintain relationships with judges and ability to work in a team environment; Ability to listen to new ideas and recommendations from others;

Ability to speak effectively when addressing judges and co-workers;

Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion in dealing with sensitive information.

Preferred Qualifications

Current member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing.

Prior experience using Westlaw and Microsoft Word.

Additional Comments

The South Carolina Judicial Branch offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that include:

Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance for Employee, Spouse, and Children;

State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs (Temporary positions have option to enroll);

15 days paid annual (vacation) leave per year;

15 days paid sick leave per year;

Option to designate 10 days of earned paid sick leave per year as family sick leave;

13 paid state holidays;

Workers’ Compensation Benefits.


The South Carolina Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, or disability.

Expected salary:

Location: Richland County, SC

Job date: Fri, 23 Sep 2022 07:45:42 GMT

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