Division of Management Services

Within the Department of Justice, Attorneys are referred to as "Assistant Attorneys General" and are employed only within the central office in Madison. These positions perform a variety of legal services, through counsel and representation, to the Legislature, Governor, state agencies, corporation counsel and district attorneys; provide enforcement of statutes under the Attorney General's jurisdiction; conduct legal research; draft legal documents; develop formal and informal opinions; and present/argue cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Attorneys are assigned to one of the following units that specialize in different substantive areas of law:Woman Attorney in Law Library


  • Civil Litigation Unit
  • Criminal Appeals Unit
  • Criminal Litigation Unit, Antitrust Unit,
    Consumer Protection Unit, and Public Integrity Unit
  • Environmental Protection Unit
  • Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit
  • State Programs, Administration, and Revenue Unit
  • Consumer Protection and Antitrust Unit


Depending on the needs of the Department, recruitment may be focused either at an "experienced, journey level" or at a more basic "entry level". Candidates for any Attorney position must possess a law degree from an accredited law school and be eligible to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.


Current Salary Information


PAY STRUCTURE - Pay for an Entry level position is normally set at or near the minimum of the pay range. Pay for Experienced level positions is established commensurate with the candidate's background, training and experience.

  Hourly Yearly
Minimum $23.673 $49,429
Maximum $57.218 $119,471



A lengthened probationary period up to 12 months will be required.


See Employee Benefits for information on fringe benefits provided to State employees. To receive an e-mail notification when positions are posted with the Department of Justice, go to www.wisc.jobs and complete a job search.


Under ‘agency/campus’ click ‘Justice, Department of’. Make any additional changes you would like to the search criteria (e.g., location, work hours, etc.) Click ‘Search’.  When your results appear, click ‘log in to save this search’ toward the upper right corner and follow the instructions.