Assistant Corporation Counsel, Real Estate Division

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

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DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Real Estate Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Real Estate (“RE”) Division to represent the City in real estate transactional matters. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the RE Division and will be given a high level of responsibility for handling transactional matters, including drafting ordinances, redevelopment agreements, purchase and sale agreements, intergovernmental agreements, leases, easement agreements, rights of entry, and other transactional documents; investigating ownership and title matters; reviewing environmental reports and appraisals; preparing ancillary closing documents; advising City Departments on zoning, landmark, and procedural matters relating to the sale and development of land, and City requirements applicable thereto, including MBE/WBE and City resident hiring, prevailing wage requirements, executive orders, and other generally applicable municipal laws.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 305886).


Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2010 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Substantial experience with real estate transactions and related matters including those set forth in the Description section above;
  • Familiarity with working in a government or other organizational setting;
  • Superior drafting, writing, research, and editing skills;
  • The ability to work well with others;
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative on assigned tasks; and
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control work flow deadlines

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before March 14, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by March 14, 2018.

Step Two: In addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

  • 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 the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent).

Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: 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 14, 2018; 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 REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is March 14, 2018.

NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: 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.