Assistant Corporation Counsel II – Real Estate Division

  • Full Time
  • Chicago


The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel II in our Real Estate and Land Use Division to represent the City in real estate transactional and litigation matters.  The Real Estate and Land Use Division is responsible for advising city departments and aldermen on zoning and land use issues and assisting client departments with real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions for affordable housing, economic development, and other recreational and cultural uses; leases (as landlord and tenant); intergovernmental land transfers; implementation of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance; agreements with developers to provide public improvements; vacations, dedications, and public-private partnerships involving use of public right-of-way; and “rails to trails” conversions of abandoned rail lines for the creation of bike and pedestrian trails.  The Division also serves as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Chicago Plan Commission, and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the Division and will be given a high level of responsibility for managing outside counsel in proceedings involving eminent domain and disputes over city land, including trespass, adverse possession, quiet title and ejectment actions; performing legal research and drafting or reviewing pleadings, briefs, and other litigation documents; providing legal advice and recommendations to city departments regarding the risks and benefits of litigation; investigating ownership and title matters; reviewing environmental reports and appraisals; and developing and updating City procedures pertaining to the exercise of eminent domain. This position will also be responsible for attending ZBA hearings and drafting resolutions in contested matters; representing the Department of Housing in administrative proceedings; and drafting and negotiating purchase and redevelopment agreements, leases, easements, deeds, and other real estate documents.

Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with your resume here on this site by July 28, 2022.

  • 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)
  • One writing sample; and
  • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent

NOTE: Candidates experiencing trouble uploading the required documents to our system may e-mail the documents to: However, uploading documents directly to your CAREERS applicant profile is our preferred method of receipt.

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

NOTE REGARDING PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS: Working for the City of Chicago Department of Law may qualify you for loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  For detailed information, visit or contact your federal loan servicer.

NOTE REGARDING REFERENCES AND 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 other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

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.



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

Disclaimer – “Accredited” means any American law school that has passed and maintains the requirements of accreditation by the American Bar Association (

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • legal practice experience with a preference for real estate transactional and litigation matters, and background in eminent domain;
  • superior research, legal analysis and writing skills;
  • superior interpersonal and communication skills;
  • strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational, problem solving, and teamwork skills;
  • the ability to take ownership of and complete tasks without direct supervision;
  • the ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines and handle multiple assignments simultaneously; and
  • a commitment to public service and a strong interest in government.

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