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Opportunities, Advantages and Benefits in Legal Services

Describes additional advantages to working in the TCEQ's Office of Legal Services.

We Offer Career-Advancing Opportunities

  • Unique professional assignments: staff are allowed the freedom to make important decisions, accept a high level of responsibility, and develop solutions to difficult challenges.
  • Broad range of environmental cases: air, water, waste, licensing, and permitting.
  • Challenging workload: litigation attorneys sit first chair on 35-40 cases per year, with opportunities to sit second chair.
  • Valuable experience applying and interpreting environmental statutes and administrative laws.
  • Opportunities to work on special projects such as expert-witness training and law clerk recruitment.
  • Courtroom experience early in employment.
  • Regular interactions with other professionals in the legal field.
  • Assignment of your own caseload early in employment, including hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Guidance and mentoring from senior attorneys, who encourage independent thinking.
  • Career ladder for attorneys.

And Many Workplace Advantages

  • TCEQ-paid annual dues to State Bar of Texas.
  • Electronic research available to all attorneys. Use of legal files document manager to profile interoffice documents and memos, avoiding duplication in research.
  • Paralegals, law clerks, and interns to assist attorneys.
  • Team atmosphere of like-minded professionals in a fun work environment.
  • No billable hours and no client development.
  • Reasonable work hours, including flex-time options and compensatory time.
  • Casual business attire on Fridays.
  • Convenient north Austin location off I-35 with free, no-hassle parking.
  • Annual office retreat and holiday luncheon.
  • Employee recognition and incentive programs, as well as agency-wide events and programs such as charity campaigns, school mentoring programs, employee wellness programs and events such as brown-bag presentations and basketball tournaments.

Plus, the Benefits Package of State Employees

In addition, you will receive regular state-employee benefits, such as:

  • Annual vacation leave (beginning at 8 hours per month).
  • Sick leave.
  • State and federal holidays.
  • Health insurance: premiums paid for employee; low premiums for family members.
  • Optional life insurance.
  • Optional dental insurance.
  • Optional long-term and short-term disability insurance.
  • 401K plan.
  • Deferred compensation plan.
  • State of Texas retirement plan.