ATTORNEY City of Chicago City of Chicago 449 reviews


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Number of Positions: 2

Under direction, provides legal counsel to the department on matters that affect the department's operations, and performs related duties as required.

Essential Duties:

  • Advises management on legal issues related to departmental operations as they are affected by local, state, or federal laws, statutes, or contracts
  • Reviews and interprets various documents (e.g., legal documents, requests for information, contractual requirements, legislation, performance bonds) for department management
  • Drafts legal documents (e.g., letters, memoranda, contracts, contract close-out letters, personnel charges) in response to subpoenas, Freedom of Information Act requests, and other requirements for information and ensures documents conform to the law
  • Researches legal requirements as they pertain to the department's operations to advise management on same
  • Evaluates department’s compliance with local, state, and federal laws (e.g., HIPAA and other privacy and confidentiality laws), ensuring a sound legal basis for programmatic activities
  • Assists in the development of departmental policies, procedures, and programs, as required
  • Responds to requests from Inspector General's office and to legal questions from staff in other departments
  • Meets with community members and attorneys representing the City, other public jurisdictions, or private parties regarding issues affecting the department and advises them or states the department's position on legal matters
  • Conducts training for staff (e.g., police officers, other departments, contract staff) in relevant legal issues, including creating and updating training curriculum and materials and ensuring that training curriculum withstands failure to train lawsuits, as required
  • Works with the Department of Law, as needed, in investigating circumstances and facts and interviewing witnesses regarding complaints, arbitrations, and lawsuits involving the department and staff
  • Maintains records and prepares reports on legal procedures for department management
  • Testifies as an expert for the Department of Law

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location: 121 N. LaSalle Street, #806, Chicago, IL 60602
Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, plus three years of work experience in the legal profession as a licensed attorney

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 nationally or regionally accredited college, university, or law school where the applicant is enrolled in or has completed an Associates, Bachelor, Master, or Juris Doctorate degree program.

Education & Employment VerificationPlease be advised that if you are selected to be hired you must provide, upon request, adequate information regarding your educational and employment history as it relates to the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. If you received your degree internationally, all international transcripts/diploma must be accompanied by a Foreign Credential Evaluation. If the City of Chicago cannot verify this information, any offer extended to you will be withdrawn and you will not be hired.

NOTE: You must provide your transcripts or diploma, professional license, or training certificates at time of application.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must provide information about your educational background and your work experience. You must include job titles, dates of employment, and specific job duties. (If you are a current City employee, Acting Up cannot be considered.) If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, it will be incomplete, and you will not be considered for this position. There are three ways to provide the information: 1) you may attach a resume; 2) you may paste a resume; or 3) you can complete the online resume fields.


This position requires applicants to complete an interview. The interviewed candidate(s) possessing the qualification best suited to fulfill the responsibilities of the postiion will be selected.

NOTE: A writing sample no more than ten (10) pages will also be required. Failure to attach the writing sample to the application may result in candidate being rejected from this process.

Writing Sample

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

  • Each writing sample submitted should be no fewer than 3 and no more than 10 pages in length.
  • Each writing sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining (a) the sample’s original purpose (e.g., a legal writing class assignments; a moot court brief; an internal memorandum for an employer; a court pleading); (b) when and for whom the sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party; and (d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the nature of that larger document, including issues addressed. If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential or privileged information, the applicant must identify the steps taken (e.g., redactions; changed names; consent obtained from a client or an employer) to preserve the confidential or privileged nature of the document.
  • Each writing sample submitted should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze legal issues, such as an argument section of a brief. If an applicant submits a portion of a larger work, the applicant should provide context for the section submitted.
  • Each writing sample should be written within two years of submission.
  • For current and former judicial clerks who choose to submit a judicial opinion or order as writing sample, it must be a published opinion or order. It must be accompanied by a letter from the judge authorizing the use of the opinion or order.
  • If a writing sample was authored by more than one attorney, the applicant should identify which portions of the writing sample he or she wrote. When an applicant submits a heavily edited or coauthored writing sample, he or she needs to indicate which sections he or she authored and describe the extent of the editing. It is desirable for applicants to submit unedited writing samples for consideration.
  • If an applicant submits a writing sample marked “confidential,” the applicant must also include a statement that he or she has obtained the necessary permission to use the document as a writing sample.
  • When an applicant submits a redacted writing sample, the applicant should explain the redactions (such as redacting factual information to protect client confidentiality).
  • If an applicant is unable to comply with any of the above criteria, he or she should submit a brief explanation outlining the reasons.

Evaluation: Your initial evaluation will be based on information provided on the application form and documents submitted with the application. Applications must be submitted by the individual applicant. No second party applicants will be accepted.

Residency Requirement: All employees of the City of Chicago must be actual residents of the City as outlined in 2-152-050 of the City of Chicago Municipal Code. Proof of residency will be required.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy in order to participate in the application process, please contact the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976 (voice) or 312-744-5035 (TTY). Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.


The City of Chicago is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

City of Chicago
Lori Lightfoot, Mayor

Please note, all positions with the City of Chicago close promptly at 11:59 pm C.S.T. Applications for this position will be accepted until 11:59 pm CST on February 19, 2021. No exceptions will be made.

Job Posting
: Feb 5, 2021, 11:53:09 AM | Closing Date (Period for Applying) – External: Feb 19, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

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