Law Clerk – Part Time & Full Time – Department of Law – Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation (COAL) Division

The City of Chicago’s Department of Law is seeking law students for part-time and full-time law clerk positions in the Collections, Ownership and Administrative Litigation (COAL) Division. This Division is comprised of four sections: Collections, Ownership, Liens and Acquisitions, and Administrative Hearings. COAL seeks the enforcement of Municipal Code violations involving police issued citations, vehicle impoundment, gun registration, and animal care and control; debts due and owing to the City; matters involving the acquisition of property through lien foreclosure; violations involving real property by determining property owners and responsible parties in preparation for litigation; and other violations involving the health and safety of residents in the City of Chicago. Additionally, COAL works closely with other Divisions within the Law Department, various City Departments, and Aldermanic Offices.

Law clerks will be assigned to one of the four sections and crossed-trained in other sections. Their responsibilities will include working closely with client departments; reviewing and analyzing files; recommending appropriate courses of action against alleged debtors; providing monthly reports to upper management as to the progress of cases reviewed and/or filed; analyzing deeds and other property information to determine the ownership of the property in violation; investigating where to serve the defendant(s) with the legal complaint; as well as conducting legal research and drafting supporting memoranda. Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, clerks who are 711-licensed or eligible will also interview witnesses, negotiate settlements, argue motions, and conduct hearings at the Department of Administrative Hearings or in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

To be eligible, completion of at least one semester in an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school is required.

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