The City of Chicago Department of Law is Seeking Entry-Level Attorneys for the Position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking entry-level attorneys for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in its Litigation, Transactional or Prosecutions Divisions. Attorneys placed in one of the Litigation Divisions will handle litigation in state and/or federal court, and/or proceedings before administrative bodies. Attorneys placed in one of the Transactional Divisions will analyze transactions for compliance with the law, advise City departments on legal compliance, review, draft and negotiate contracts and other agreements. Attorneys placed in one of the Prosecutions Divisions will prosecute violations of Chicago’s Municipal or Buildings Codes or Illinois Vehicle Code in Circuit Court or at the Department of Administrative Hearings.

SALARY: $57,192.00 annually


Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a Juris Doctor between December 2009 and June 2013 with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above and admission to the Illinois Bar.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Ideal candidates will possess the following: 

  • Strong research, writing, editing, analytical and client counseling skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks
  • The ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines
  • A strong commitment to public service

Application Process and Materials: 

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

Step One: You must submit an on-line application for this position online by February 28, 2014. No supporting materials other than your resume should be submitted with your on-line application.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, you must submit the following materials in hard copy by March 6, 2014 to: Legal Recruiter, City of Chicago, Department of Law, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL60602:

  • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have each of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above whether through coursework, extracurricular activities, or work experience;
  • Statement of Interest no longer than one (1) page that explains your strong commitment to public service and why you want to work for the City of Chicago Department of Law;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  • Two writing samples (whether written for some other purpose or written for this submission), including the date (MM/DD/YYYY) that they were written; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card

NOTE: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before March 6, 2014; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position. Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

NOTE: Please do not submit references. Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above. Submission of references and/or additional materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the online application submission deadline is February 28, 2014 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is March 6, 2014.

Writing Samples: 

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the criteria listed below. Failure to comply with this Writing Sample Policy shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

  1. Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than ten (10) pages.
  2. Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission of hard copy materials.
  3. Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining:the sample’s original purpose (i.e. a writing class, bar association journal article, case note, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer, case filing) or whether it was written for this submission;when (MM/DD/YYYY) and for whom the sample was written;

    the extent of editing by any third party; AND

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: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.

The full job posting, with additional information, can be found on the website.

Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.