Cook County State's Attorney's Office Prosecutor's Academy

Prosecutor’s Academy Overview

The Academy is a unique and invaluable summer clerkship opportunity for law school students. It provides students opportunities to receive hands-on training with a classroom component. Only twenty-five of our more than three hundred clerks are chosen to participate each summer.  In addition to working along side experienced ASAs, Academy clerks attend the same trainings and lectures provided to ASAs, but in a workshop format. This format facilitates discussion and is similar to that of a graduate school seminar.

Prosecutor Academy Clerks are also assigned an appellate brief, which they may use as a writing sample. The brief, if satisfactory, is filed with the Illinois Court of Appeals and the clerk's name appears on the brief.

Admission to the Academy

If a student would like to be considered for the Academy, he or she must note this in their cover letter to the Clerkship/Internship Program. Once interviewed, a determination is made whether or not the student would make a good candidate for the Academy. Academy space is limited and only students clerking at least 40 hours are eligible.