If you are a law school student and have completed at least 51.0 credit hours, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Cook County State’s Attorney Office you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of one of our ASAs. Please contact your law school registrar office for more information on how to obtain a 711 license. Given that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is the second largest county prosecutor’s office in the nation, there is no shortage of opportunities for clerks with 711 licenses to gain excellent hands-on courtroom experience.
Here is what some of our 2008 Prosecutor’s Academy Law Clerks had to say about their experience clerking with the 711 License:
I knew I wanted to be a prosecuting attorney before I even started law school, so my obvious choice for interning was the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the inaugural class of the Prosecutor’s Academy my first summer of clerking. There, I was able to get hands on experience working in a courtroom in the felony trial division. In addition, every Friday for eight weeks I got the opportunity to meet with and talk to people from the different divisions of the State’s Attorney’s Office, and I got a much better understanding of what the office was all about. What was most beneficial, though, was the opportunity to write a real appellate brief that actually got filed through the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The following summer, I got my 7-11 license and had the opportunity to try real cases in the felony trial division. I was able to take what I was learning in my Trial Advocacy class and apply it to real life. It helped me learn to shed my fears and doubts about my skills, and allowed me to begin transforming from a law student into a trial lawyer.
--- ASA Andy Yassan, Law Clerk- 2006-2008, John Marshall Law School Graduate
In the summer of 2006, I clerked with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Felony Trials Division and was selected to take part in the first Prosecutor’s Academy. During that time, I assisted in the preparation of felony cases for trial, as well as, refined my legal writing skills by researching and writing a criminal appellate brief which was filed with the Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District. In addition, as a student in the Prosecutor’s Academy, I also attended various seminars hosted by the different divisions of the office.
After receiving my 7-11 license, I clerked in the traffic division, where I assisted ASAs with their court calls, interviewed witnesses, and prepared cases for trial. As a clerk with a 7-11 license, I was given the opportunity to conduct numerous bench trials, motions and summary suspension hearings on cases dealing with different traffic related matters such as driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, etc.
With my career goal strictly set on being a trial lawyer, my experiences as a law clerk with the state’s attorney’s office guided me in the proper direction, allowing me to obtain a solid understanding of the legal process while also gaining valuable trial skills.
--- ASA Ed Murillo, Law Clerk- 2006-2007, John Marshall Law School Graduate
As a 7-11 in the Expedited Child Support Enforcement Division and file an appellate brief, I attended weekly seminars hosted by bureau chiefs and learned about historic prosecutions such as John Wayne Gacy and Girl X. While clerking in Child Support, I was able to step-up before the judge and argue motions to increase support and request body attachments on defendants who missed their court dates. In addition to my regular clerking responsibilities, I drafted and filed an appellate brief in conjunction with the Criminal Appeals Division. Overall, my summer was productive, eventful and a tremendous experience. I would highly recommend the Prosecutors Academy to law students considering a career in public service
--- ASA Haley Peck, Law Clerk Summer 2006, University of Illinois College of Law Graduate
After clerking two summer at the Cook County State's Attorney's office, I knew there was nothing else I would rather be doing. I am proud to be a member of the newest class of Assistant State's Attorneys. My first summer, I was privileged to be accepted to the Prosecutor's Academy. My second summer I qualified for a 711 license, and I was assigned to the Post-Conviction unit at 26th and California.
As an Academy Clerk, I attended lectures presented by the heads of all the different departments in the office. These presentations were given especially for the Academy. It was very enlightening to learn about all the office has to offer, and it was fascinating to hear, first hand, the stories of prosecutors who tried some of Chicago's most notorious crimes.
Additionally, the Academy gave me the opportunity to write and file an appellate brief with the First District, on behalf of the State's Attorney. I'm proud to say that the conviction the brief defended was affirmed.
My second summer I qualified for a 7-11 license, and I was assigned to the Post-Conviction unit at 26th and California. Here, I wrote briefs arguing various constitutional issues to protect convictions and keep violent criminals in prison. I also conducted my own narcotics bench trial under the supervision of an experienced ASA. While in P.C., I worked with some wonderful ASAs and still consider them friends today. After 2 summers spent clerking at the Cook County State's Attorney's office, I knew there was nothing else I would rather be doing.
--- ASA Jaimee Gilford, Law Clerk- Summer 2006-Summer 2007, Syracuse University College of Law Graduate