Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Intern and Law Clerk Program is designed for undergraduate students, students obtaining a paralegal certificate and law students. Students enrolled in a paralegal studies program or in law school should apply as a Law Clerk. The Fellowship Program is designed for recent graduates and attorneys with up to five years of experience. The Secondment Program is designed for new associates at law firms looking to springboard their career in the private sector.

If you are a 3L, recent graduate or licensed attorney inquiring about volunteer opportunities as a Fellow or full-time employment opportunities as an Assistant State’s Attorney, please direct all inquiries to attyhire@cookcountyil.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the application deadlines?

There are no application deadlines for Interns, Law Clerks or Fellows. 3Ls are encouraged to apply by October 1 if we do not participate in their school’s OCI.

  • I am an undergraduate student, obtaining a paralegal certificate, or in law school, what does a complete application consist of?

A complete application consists of the following items:

  • Application with signed release form
  • Current Resume
  • Legal Writing Sample of no more than eight pages
  • One letter of recommendation
  • An unofficial transcript

Undergraduate student applicants do not need to submit a legal writing sample and can alternatively submit a recent writing assignment of no more than five pages.

  • I am a 3L , recent graduate or licensed attorney applying for full-time employment as an ASA or for a Fellowship or Secondment opportunity, what does a complete application consist of?

A complete application consists of the following items:

  • Application with signed release form
  • Current Resume
  • Legal Writing Sample of no more than eight pages
  • No more than three letters of recommendation (any additional letters received after the first three will be discarded)
  • An unofficial transcript

 

  • Will you accept an electronic signature?

Password protected electronic signatures and images of your written signature are acceptable. Typing your name into any signature line is not accepted and will delay the processing of your application.

  • Where should I send my application?

All students applying for an internship or law clerk position should submit their application electronically to saointerns@cookcountyil.gov.

All 3Ls , recent graduates or licensed attorneys applying for full-time employment as an ASA or for a Fellowship or Secondment opportunity should submit their application electronically to attyhire@cookcountyil.gov.

  • Can I send my application to the Division where I want to work?

No. Send your application to the appropriate email address above. Submitting your application in any other way may delay the processing of your application.

  • Will I get to work in my preferred unit?

Intern and Clerk placements are based on the student’s preference, proximity to the assignment, experience and the needs of the office. If an applicant states a preference for the Civil Actions Bureau or the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, that preference will be honored.

All first year ASAs will be assigned to the Appeals Division to start their career as an ASA. An ASA’s preference to be assigned to the Civil Actions Bureau or Criminal Prosecutions Bureau after their first assignment will be honored.

  • I previously interned or clerked with the office, do I have to reapply?

If you are near the end of your internship or clerkship and know you would like to return or extend your term, please work with your currently-assigned ASA to fill out an evaluation and extension request. If you plan to take a break but would like to return as an intern or clerk, please work with your currently-assigned ASA to fill out an evaluation and deferred extension request that includes when you plan on returning.

Anyone who takes a break of one year or more from clerking may be asked to reapply.

  • Are internships and clerkships paid positions?

Our interns and clerks work on a voluntary basis. Some schools offer class credit for a position with our office. Some schools offer stipends, scholarships or grants to work in our office. We strongly encourage you to check with your school to see if funding is available.

Fellows work on a voluntary basis. CLE training is available to Fellows. Some schools offer stipends for Fellows when we are a host. We strongly encourage you to check with your school to see if they offer Fellowship or Bridge Program funding.

  • I am a student but not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply for an Internship or Clerkship?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply as long as they obtain a valid visa. International students must be proficient in English.

Thank you for your interest in being a part of our team.