Assistant Corporation Counsel, Constitutional & Commercial Litigation Division

  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL
  • Applications have closed

Website City of Chicago Department of Law

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring. Please share the following job opportunity with your alumni, association/organization members, and any colleagues you think might be interested. Additional information can be found within the actual posting at  Applications must be submitted in accordance with the posting below. No email applications will be accepted.

The City of Chicago is a diverse organization and welcomes diverse applicants.

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Assistant Corporation Counsel, Constitutional & Commercial Litigation Division

Number of Vacancies:  1

The City’s Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel  (“ACC”) in its Constitutional & Commercial Litigation Division.

The Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division represents the City and City officials in a broad range of constitutional and commercial matters in both federal and state courts, specializing in cases raising complex, novel, or high-profile legal issues. The Division also provides pre-litigation counseling to many City departments.  Attorneys in the Division litigate constitutional challenges to the City’s ordinances and policies, such as First Amendment speech and religion challenges to regulations of the public way, Second Amendment claims against gun control measures, and due process and equal protection challenges to City regulations governing particular industries.  Attorneys also defend City land use and zoning decisions and challenges to City ordinances governing administrative adjudication systems.  The Division also litigates commercial matters across a broad range of legal and factual areas, including construction, securities, trademarks, government procurement, contracts, and false claims.  Many of the Division’s matters involve working with other City departments and client representatives from those departments.  The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work on a broad range of issues under the general supervision of the Division’s Deputy and Chief.

The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at (Job Number: 306274).


Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2014 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:


  • At least two (2) years of litigation experience in state or federal court in one or more of the following areas: assisting in jury or bench trials, taking or defending depositions, drafting substantive motions, arguing substantive motions in court, or clerking for a state or federal court judge;
  • Superior academic achievement as shown by measures such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or participation in at least one of the following activities in law school: law review, law journal, moot court, clinical experience, or judicial externship or internship;
  • Ability to research and analyze complex issues;
  • Ability to persuasively articulate factual and legal arguments both in writing and orally;
  • Experience negotiating settlements and drafting negotiation settlements;
  • Ability to take initiative and assume responsibility for assigned tasks;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workflow to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and supervisors;
  • Ability to work well with client department representatives; and
  • Commitment to public service.

Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before April 18, 2018.

Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at by April 18, 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 April 18, 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 April 18, 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.