DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Federal Civil Rights Litigation (“FRCL”) Division

DEPARTMENT OF LAW – Federal Civil Rights Litigation (“FRCL”) Division


The City of Chicago’s Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. This Division defends City employees and the City of Chicago in federal civil rights lawsuits that allege police misconduct. These cases include, inter alia, allegations of false arrest, excessive force, illegal search and seizure, wrongful death and Monell. Division attorneys practice in federal court and have a sophisticated and complex practice, involving extensive motion practice, intensive fact and expert discovery, and trial practice. The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Division Chiefs and Deputy and handle and litigate low exposure cases.



Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school with a minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705), and at least one (1) year of State or Federal Court experience in one or more of the following: jury or bench trial, taking or defending depositions, or arguing motions in court.


Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Superior writing, research and editing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to exhibit initiative on assigned tasks
  • Highest ethical standards and integrity
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, monitor and control workflow deadlines


Application Process and Materials

There is a two-step application process for this position.


Step One: You must submit an on-line application for this position at by September 25, 2012.


Step Two:  In addition to the online application you must submit for this position, the following materials must also be submitted in hard copy to:  City of Chicago, Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 N. La Salle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602.


  • Cover letter which includes the Job Number as noted on the job posting and explains how you meet the qualifications listed above and your interest and/or experience in doing litigation work;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Two writing samples; and
  • Copy of your ARDC card (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent)


NOTE:  The foregoing materials must be submitted in person or postmarked on or before October 2, 2012; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.


Please note that the online application submission deadline is September 25, 2012 and the required hard copy materials submission deadline is October 2, 2012.


Writing Samples:

All writing samples submitted in consideration for employment must comply with the following criteria:

1.      Each writing sample submitted must be no less than five (5) pages and no more than twenty (20) pages.

2.      Each writing sample must be written by the applicant within two years of submission.

3.      Each writing sample must be accompanied by a cover page explaining:

a.      the sample’s original purpose, i.e., a writing class, moot court brief, memorandum for an employer;

b.      when and for whom the sample was written;

c.      the extent of editing by any third party;

d.      if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, identify that larger document and provide context, if necessary.

If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (redactions, name changes or consent from the client or employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.


See posting at for further information and to apply.