Assistant Corporation Counsel III – Administration, Public Safety Reform Division

  • Full Time
  • Chicago


The City of Chicago’s Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel III (“ACC”) to work in Public Safety Reform Division.  The Public Safety Reform Section oversees the implementation of and compliance with the consent decree in State of Illinois v. City of Chicago and other public safety reform initiatives.  Attorneys in the Public Safety Reform Section will work closely with other Divisions in the Department on general public safety matters, including relevant ordinances, federal civil rights cases, and City-wide policy priorities. Many of the Division’s matters will involve working with other City Departments and client representatives from those Departments.  The ACC will work on a broad range of compliance and litigation issues under the general supervision of the Public Safety Reform Section’s Deputy Corporation Counsel.

 Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with the below items on this site. This post as been extended through July 26, 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:

  • 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 pleadings and other court documents, drafting substantive motions, arguing substantive motions in court, handling oral arguments and evidentiary hearings, or clerking for a state or federal court judge;
  • Experience in relevant practice areas, including criminal law, federal civil rights law, juvenile law, and government compliance litigation;
  • 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;
  • Ability to take initiative and assume responsibility for assigned tasks;
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work well with colleagues, supervisors, and client department representatives; and
  • Commitment to public service.

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