The City of Chicago’s Law Department Seeks Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Revenue Litigation Division

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Revenue Litigation Division. The Revenue Litigation Division handles tax assessments that are litigated in the Department of Administrative Hearings and/or state or federal court; litigates declaratory judgment actions concerning issues such as the enforcement or validity of various taxes, fees and other revenue measures; drafts legislation concerning taxes, fees and other revenue measures; drafts regulations, rulings and opinion letters; and advises other City departments, including the Finance Department and Budget Office, on City ordinances, along with state and federal statutes and constitutional issues. The Division also litigates property tax disputes, including property tax rate objections and property tax valuation cases before the Board of Review, the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) and the circuit court. In addition, the Division handles a variety of complex commercial litigation matters having revenue implications for the City.


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent on or before May 2010; admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705); and participation in law review or completion of moot court program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Exceptional research skills
  • Superior writing skills
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Demonstrated history of taking the initiative
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Proven efficiency

Application Process and Materials: 

There is a two-step application process for this position.

Step One: To apply for this position, you must submit an on-line application on the City of Chicago’s webpage by July 10, 2012.

Step Two: In addition to the online application that you must submit, the following materials must also be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago, Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, ILL. 60602:

  • Cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent)

NOTE: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before July 16, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is July 10, 2012 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is July 16, 2012. 

Writing Samples: 

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the following criteria:

1. Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than twenty (20) pages.

2. Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission.

3. Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining:

a. the sample’s original purpose, i.e., a writing class, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer;

b. when and for whom the sample was written;

c. the extent of editing by any third party;

d. if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, identify that larger document and provide context, if necessary.

If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (redactions, name changes or consent from the client or employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.

NOTE: Applicants within the same title will not be considered.