The City of Chicago is currently in Phase Four: "Gradually Resume." Many City services have adjusted hours or locations and may require health screens prior to entering their physical spaces. Please call ahead or visit any department's website to get additional details, or visit chicago.gov/covid-19.
Law students, law graduates, and lawyers have many opportunities for meaningful involvement in the important work of the Department of Law as legal externs, law clerks, summer program participants, post-graduate fellows, and lawyers. Participants gain invaluable hands-on legal experience by working on complex and diverse projects with Law Department attorneys. They participate in negotiations and Client advising meetings, conduct research and analysis to draft dispositive motions on constitutional or procedural issues of law, and - utilizing an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license - appear on behalf of the City in Court or before Administrative Tribunals.
All volunteer law clerk programs are designed to provide law students, law graduates, and lawyers with a challenging clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for one of the largest law firms in the country. (*Give yourself plenty of time to apply, as the City requires fingerprinting and background checks of employees and volunteers.)
The City of Chicago Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.
VOLUNTEER LAW CLERK PROGRAM
SUMMER LAW CLERK PROGRAM
POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
APPLICABLE TO ALL PROGRAMS ABOVE