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Career Opportunities
Assistant State's Attorneys (ASAs)

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest county prosecution office in the country, is an equal opportunity employer — employing nearly 900 ASAs. The Office receives more than 600 applications each year from third-year law students seeking a position as an ASA. All offers are conditioned upon taking and passing the Illinois Bar Examination and a security check.

The starting salary for an entry-level prosecutor in the Office is $59,340.  We offer full benefits including health, dental, and optical insurance as well as a pension plan.

The legal staff is reflective of the community it serves and is diverse. Additionally, the Office has an established policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, are disability, sexual orientation, marital or veteran’s status.  Although candidates are judged individually, the following criteria are given consideration for interviewing and hiring:

1) Academic standing- top 50 percent of the class
2) Writing ability- Law Review or other publications
3) Law School activities- Mock Trial Competition or Moot Court, etc.
4) Course Selections- Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Clinical courses or Public Interest Law, etc.
5) Documented interest in public service and/or criminal law
6) Highest standards of professional and personal integrity

Application Process for 3rd Year Law Students

Each year we receive more than 400 applications from third-year law students seeking a position as an Assistant State’s Attorney upon graduation. We follow a standard routine for the interviewing and hiring of third-year law students each year. In August, September and October representatives of our office participate in national job fairs and visit more than 20 law schools to conduct on-campus interviews. During the on-campus interview process, we interview third-year law students graduating in January and June and who are planning to take the 2013 Illinois Bar. If you attend a school that is part of our on-campus interview program, you must obtain an interview through your school. If the schedule is full, the law school will notify us of students who attempted to obtain an interview, but through no fault of their own, were unable to make the schedule. No exceptions will be made for students who do not attempt to obtain an interview through their school. Click here to see our 2013 Interview schedule.

Deadline for students who attend schools not participating in our On-campus Interview Program

After this first round of interviews, we review the evaluations and select applicants to be interviewed during the second round at our Chicago office in late November and early December. At that time, we also conduct first interviews of selected applicants from schools where we do not conduct on-campus interviews or who were not interviewed at a job fair. October 1 is the deadline for receipt of applications for students attending schools where we do not conduct on-campus interviews ONLY. We again review the evaluations and resumes and invite approximately 150 students, including selected students from out-of-state, on-campus or job fair first interviews, for the final round of interviews to be held in February or March.

The Office plans to extend offers by the end of April. Because of recent budget uncertainties, it is difficult to predict the number of new hires for a given year. For November 2012 employment, the office extended 25 offers. We also established a Wait List from which we selected additional names throughout the year. While we always strive to maintain this general schedule, we cannot guarantee any exact dates. Please note that all offers are conditioned upon taking and passing the Illinois Bar Examination and a security check.

As of June 2012, the starting salary for an entry level Assistant State's Attorney is $59,340. We offer full benefits including health, dental and optical insurance as well as a pension plan.

Because of the volume of applicants each year, the Office of Hiring and Recruiting is unable to routinely take or return emails or phone calls from students seeking status updates. We send out letters to students informing them of their status as soon as we receive that information. To make additions to your file or inform us of changes in your address, phone etc., please mail or Fax the information in writing to our office. Your adherence to the policy of writing rather than calling will allow the Office of Hiring and Recruiting more efficiently to perform its function and to distribute information to all concerned on a timely basis.

Please send or FAX all information to the:

Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
69 W. Washington, Suite 3200
Chicago, Ill. 60602
FAX 312-603-9694

Application for 3rd Year - PDF Format

All applicants are required to sign an Office Release Form.

Release Form - PDF Format

Print the application from your browser and follow the instructions on the application.

Career Information for Licensed Attorneys

Although the Cook County State's Attorney's Office has a strong policy of promoting from within, the office does hire a limited number of practicing attorneys to maintain the high level of competence and experience. Law school graduates should contact the Office only after they have been admitted to the bar.

Interviewing and hiring are generally based on the criteria listed above as well as and the openings in the office. Salary is based on experience and available openings.

Please select one of the following PDF applications:

Application for Licensed Attorney - PDF Format

All applicants are required to sign an Office Release Form.

Release Form - PDF Format

Print the application from your browser and follow the instructions on the application. The Office is a member of the National Association for Law Placement and does not discriminate against any individual because of race, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, gender, veteran status, marital or parental status, or disability.

The e-mail address for third year applicants and licensed attorney applicants to reach our office is attyhire@cookcountyil.gov.

No Phone Calls Please

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