New job Administrative Law Judge in Pennsylvania

Administrative Law Judge

Company : Commonwealth of PA
Salary : $89,585 - $136,138 a year
Location : Pennsylvania

Full Description


The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Administrative Law Judges mete out justice in areas of vital importance to quality of life – water, electric, gas, telecommunications and transportation.


  • Full-time employment
  • Work hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with a one hour lunch
  • Due to COVID-19, the selected candidate will be working from home at the direction of the Governor until further notice. Once work from home orders have been lifted, the candidate will report to 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, Keystone Building


Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Administrative Law Judges serve a judicial role. They hear and write decisions on all types of public utility cases that impact the public, including for example, consumer billing and service complaints, applications to provide utility service, utility requests to increase rates, mergers and acquisitions, investigations of rail/highway crossings, and energy efficiency and conservation plans. PUC ALJs may also resolve cases serving as settlement judges. PUC ALJs conduct proceedings involving expert witnesses as well as public witnesses. PUC ALJs work in a dynamic environment providing due process.


  • Must meet PA residency requirement – For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency
  • Minimum Experience and Training Requirements - Five years of professional experience in the practice of law and presently an attorney in good standing before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, including at least three years in one or a combination of the following varieties of specialized experience:
    A. A judge of a court of record with primary responsibility for drafting proposed opinions and orders.
    B. The head, member or counsel of a governmental regulatory body holding formal hearings and making or recommending decisions on the basis of the record of such hearings.
    C. Experience in a governmental regulatory body as an examiner, Administrative Law Judge officer or employee presiding over formal hearings and making or recommending decisions on the basis of the records of such hearings.
    D. Preparation or presentation of cases at formal hearings conducted by governmental regulatory bodies or court proceedings relating thereto.
    E. Preparation and trial of cases in courts of record or the preparation and appeals there from, which evidence skills in the area of regulation with which the AU shall be concerned.
    F. Service as a responsible official of a governmental regulatory body, whose duties require him/her to review, analyze, evaluate and recommend action to be taken, and assist in the preparation of opinions by the head (or heads) of the body on decisions or recommended decision on cases made by hearing officers on the record of formal hearings, or render responsible assistance to the head (or heads) of the body in the preparation for, or hearing of cases to be formally heard, cases coming for a formal hearing before the head (or heads) of the body, or in the preparation of decisions by the head or heads of the body on such cases.
    G. Experience teaching Administrative Law, Public Utility Law, Motor Carrier Law, Government Regulation of Business, Securities Regulation, Evidence, Corporations or Taxation in a college or law school.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions
Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


  • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position. No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
  • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions.
  • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
  • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
    • your score may be lower than deserved.
    • you may be disqualified.
  • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
  • Your results will be provided via email.

Health & Wellness
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Work/Life Balance
We understand that there is more to life than work – and we want you to enjoy it!
For most positions, we offer paid vacation days, paid sick days, military leave, as well as paid time off for most major U.S. holidays. Alternate work schedules are available for certain positions.

Career Development
We want to help you grow and see your goals become a reality! Supervisors and human resource staff are available to help employees create a plan to develop skills for their current jobs or prepare for the next step in their careers. Employees can easily transfer between positions or agencies to expand knowledge and pursue new challenges while retaining leave and benefits. Additionally, there are a variety of programs available to help get you where you need to be.

Other Rewards
Commonwealth employees enjoy many other rewards, including opportunities for recognition, workplace charitable giving, and even special employee-only discounts.

For more information about benefits, health and wellness, work-life balance, career development, and other rewards go to and click on the benefits box.

  • Eligibility rules apply.

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