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Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Clerkship Program Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Clerkship Program in the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s, the nation’s second largest county prosecutor’s office. You will find many exciting and rewarding opportunities here. Please read all of the information very carefully, as it will help you to navigate through the application process.

The Clerkship Program is designed for students only. 

If you are a law school student and have completed at one-half of the total, hourly credits required for graduation, you are eligible to apply for the 711 license. While clerking for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, you will be eligible to handle your own cases under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. Please contact your law school registrar office for more information on how to obtain a 711 license. Given that the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney 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.

NOTE: Funding deadlines for scholarships and stipends offered by individual schools and organizations vary so check with your funding source before applying. Please note on your application if you are receiving academic credit or a stipend during your requested clerkship semester. Also, note if there is a deadline for your funding source.



Application Deadline



July 1



November 1



March 1

Once we have reviewed your materials and you have passed a background check, you will be contacted for an interview.  Students are asked to rank were they would like to work.  However, students will be assigned based on the needs of the office.

A completed application consists of the following:

  1. An Application Form
  2. A signed and dated Release Form (electronic signatures will not be accepted)
  3. Current Resume
  4. At least one letter of recommendation from a Professor or Employer
  5. A Current Transcript

Additionally, Law School students must include a Legal Writing Sample (not to exceed five pages).

Please note if any materials will be sent separately. Incomplete Applications will not be considered. Application not postmarked by the deadline will not be considered.

Please return your completed application to:
Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney
Attn: Clerkship Program
69 W. Washington, suite 3200
Chicago, Illinois 60602


Click here for the Clerkship/Internship Application

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