Applying to be an Administrative Law Judge I with the CUIAB

The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) is presently recruiting Permanent Intermittent (PI) Administrative Law Judge I (ALJ I) candidates throughout California. Persons hired into these positions are normally limited to 1500 hours in a calendar year but can be approved to work up to a full time schedule depending on workload. ALJ s in PI positions have the opportunity to apply for Permanent Full Time and Full Time Limited Term positions as they become available. We also recruit for Permanent Full Time and Full Time Limited Term positions when there are vacancies. The PI positions are available in all twelve field offices throughout California. Those judges would be in Field Operations. Appellate Operations in Sacramento is also recruiting. Those judges review second level appeals to the Board from ALJ decisions made in Field Operations. A directory of our field offices is at:

For an application, the first step is to take the ALJ I examination and score in the first three ranks so that you can be considered. It takes approximately an hour and your ranking is available almost immediately. CUIAB utilizes the Office of Administrative Hearings online examination. It evaluates a candidate's professional history for scoring. The exam is accessible at the State Personnel Board website. The link to the examination is below:

The next step is to formally apply for an ALJ I position with CUIAB. Specific job postings are at:

You can also search for CUIAB vacancies at:

The skills needed by an Administrative Law Judge I can be developed from varied professional experiences but successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to understand and follow the law, work and write effectively under deadline, exercise sound judgment, and preside effectively over administrative law proceedings. AUs in Appellate Operations have a more extensive legal research and writing driven responsibility while judges in the field offices are more focused towards presiding over hearings. Unemployment law experience is helpful but not essential. At least five years as a licensed attorney are needed for consideration. Experience in litigation, employment law, pro-tern work or practice before administrative bodies are strong factors used to weigh candidates. The job specification for an ALJ I has a good explanation of the qualifications needed. Here is that link: