Attorney Vacancies

The City of Chicago Department of Law prides itself on hiring qualified, diverse and motivated attorneys who are committed to serving the City and developing their professional skills.

Interested experienced attorneys and law school graduates awaiting bar results or admission to the bar are welcome to search online for any current vacancies for which they meet the hiring criteria. 

NOTE: Regardless of whether there are currently posted opportunities of interest to you, please be sure to register and create both a profile and job search agent on the Careers Page  to ensure that you receive an email whenever a job opportunity that meets your criteria becomes available.

Application Process

The Department of Law's hiring process requires applicants to fully complete two steps, each step with its own deadline as identified in the posting.

All interested candidates must:

  1. Complete an on-line application for each position for which the candidate is qualified by the closing date found on the posting; AND
  2. Submit all hard copy materials as outlined in the job posting. Any required hard copy materials that have not been mailed or delivered as described in the posting will result in the rejection of the application, even if the materials were uploaded with your online application.

Applicants should either: (1) be admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois; (2) have taken the first available Illinois State bar following graduation and be awaiting the results of the bar or awaiting admission; or (3) admitted in another State and eligible for admission to Illinois without having to take the Illinois State bar examination. 

An employee must be an actual resident of the City of Chicago. Proof of residency will be required at the time of employment.

Salary and Benefits
Salary levels are commensurate with experience.

Benefits offered to Department of Law attorneys include:

  • 13 days of annual leave
  • 12 days of sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 1 personal day
  • Parental leave with FMLA eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Life and long-term disability insurance
  • Pre-tax health and dependent care spending programs
  • Pre-tax "Transit " program
  • Deferred compensation 457 plan
  • Domestic partnership benefits
  • Chicago Employees Retirement Pension Fund

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